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Teapot: C.1272 & A-1928

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Red dry-bodied stoneware teapot with stylized plant decoration in relief, painted in enamels

Red dry-bodied stoneware, slip-cast, glazed internally, and painted externally in two shades of blue, pale turquoise, yellowish-green, yellow, white, and black enamels. The body is oval in plan with a slighly concave base. The sides curve outwards from the base and then rise almost vertically to the flat shoulder. The oval mouth has a raised edge and an internal horizontal flange to support the cover which is slightly domed and has a ventilation hold, and an open flower knob. The pot has an upward curving spout with eight holes surrounding two holes in the wall behind it to emit the tea. The strap handle has an acanthus leaf at the top and bottom, and an internal spur about a third of the way up. The sides of the pot are decorated in relief with a row of yellowish-green anthemion motifs between horizontal blue bands, above which is a scrolling black stem bearing blue and yellow stylized flowers and pale turquoise trefoil leaves. The shoulder is decorated with radiating yellowish-green pointed leaves with blue and yellow bell-flowers in the spaces. The mouth is encircled by white spots on a blue band. The spout has black scrolling foliage and a yellow flower on each side, a yellow stroke on the top, three blue and two yellow flowers on its underside and a blue band round its mouth. The foliage on the handle is outlined in black and it has a vertical yellow stroke on its back. The cover has a band of black scrolling foliage with blue and yellow flowers, and a circle of pointed yellowish-green leaves around the junction of the knob, whichhas a blue and white centre.


History note: Sotheby’s November 4, 1904, part of lot 404 with another teapot, sold for 12s. 0d.; Dr J.W. L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 9.1 cm
Length: 18.9 cm
Width: 10 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

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


In his catalogue entry Dr Glaisher noted that the teapot was 'described in the catalogue as ‘Palmer ware’ and marked ‘Palmer’ in pencil underneath. This pencilled note is no longer on the pot.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue, pale turquoise, yellow, yellowish-green and black) Interior

Materials used in production

Red dry-bodied stoneware

Techniques used in production

Slip-casting : Red dry-bodied stoneware, slip-cast, glazed internally, and painted externally in two shades of blue, pale turquoise, yellowish-green, yellow, white, and black enamels

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1272 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 71710
Old object number: 2164
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

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

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