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Tea pot: C.1125 & A-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Production: Unidentified Staffordshire factory




Pearlware teapot with relief decoration painted in polychrome enamels

Pale cream eathenware slipcast with decoration in relief, and very slightly blue tinted lead-glaze (pearlware), painted in blue, green, yellow puce pink, mauve, and red enamels. The oval pot stands on a shallow footring. The sides curve outwards and then almost vertically to the flat shoulder which has an oval aperture to take the cover with is slightly domed and has a ventilation hole, and a central bud knob. The straight sloping spout is moulded in relief to resemble asparagus heads, , and the wall behind it has seven holes surrounding a central hole to emit the tea. The strap handle is ear-shaped, and has a vertical central ridge and foliage at the junction of the top and bottom with the body. The lower part of the pot has a border of puce pink anthemion motifs with green leaves between them, above which is a broad band of scrolling foliage bearing puce-pink, mauve, and yellow stylized flowers, and green trefoil leaves. Above this is a narrow blue horizontal band and a row of blue dots on the edge of the shoulder, which is decorated with green pointed serrated leaves radiating from the mouth, enclosed by a blue zig-zag line and blue bell flowers in the spaces. The footring is blue. The moulding on the spout is painted in green and mauve, and it has a mauve line round its tip and a mauve-edged rococo 'frill' around its junction with the body. The handle has mauve leaf terminals and lines down its sides. The cover has a blue edge, a border of scrolling green foliage with yellow and puce-pink flowers, and a green and puce-pink knob rising from pointed leaves


History note: R.H. Soden Smith FSA (1822-90); Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 11.2 cm
Length: 21.3 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th Century, Early#
George III
Circa 1790 CE - 1810 CE


The design of this teapot is similar to a group of caneware teapots, which have points in common with wares from the Turner factory but are not believed to be Turner

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue, green, yellow, puce-pink, and mauve)

Materials used in production

pale cream Earthenware
tinted very slightly blue Lead-glaze

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: the small circle is a bit lower than shown

  • Text: 33°
  • Location: On base and inside the cover
  • Method of creation: Painted in mauve enamel
  • Type: Number

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1125 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 71384
Old object number: 1411
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 10 May 2022 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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