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Obelisk: C.1113-1928

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: Bristol Pottery




Cream earthenware, transfer-printed onglaze in brown, and painted in polychrome enamels with the arms of the City of Bristol, and a print commemorating the Peace of Amiens.


History note: Trapnell Collection; sold Christie's, purchased by Mr J.P. Way, 41 Park Street, Bristol, from whom bought by Dr Glaisher for £25 in September 1915

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 74.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Bristol ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


19th Century, Early#
George III
Production date: circa AD 1802


The Water Lane pottery, later known as the Bristol Pottery, operated between 1682 or 1683 and 1882. It made delftware until 1777, when it was taken over by Richard Frank, who also made stoneware. His son-in-law, Joseph Ring, purchased the pottery in 1784 and in 1786 began to make creamware. Production was continued by his widow and partners after his death in 1788. Transfer-printed decoration was probably introduced at the Bristol Pottery after Henry Carter took control of it in about 1797, but was little used until the1820s. The commemorative design on this rare model obelisk is one of the few printed patterns attributable to the Bristol Pottery at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Its one of an enormous number of prints on English pottery which were inspired by the Revolutionary or Napoleonic Wars. The design also appears on mugs, and was re-used with an updated inscription to celebrate the Peace of Paris in 1814.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of ceramic printing colour ( brown) enamels

Materials used in production

cream Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Cream earthenware, moulded, transfer-printed in brown, and painted in polychrome enamels

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: GR
  • Location: On front above altar
  • Method of creation: Transfer-printed
  • Type: Initials
  • Text: PEACE/Signed at/AMIENS/ between/ENGLAND/FRANCE/ SPAIN/AND HOLLAND/March 27 1802
  • Location: On the altar on the front
  • Method of creation: Transfer-printed
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: accompanying a small view of the Bristol Pottery in the viewer's right background of the transfer-print

  • Text: Bristol Pottery
  • Location: On front in background of the transfer-print
  • Method of creation: Transfer-printed
  • Type: Inscription
  • Location: Accompanies City of Bristol Arms
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1113-1928
Primary reference Number: 71336
Old object number: 5020
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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