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Punch bowl: C.1517-1928

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unidentified London pottery (Pottery)


Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue with a dark brownish-orange rim

Buff earthenware, thrown, tin-glazed and painted in blue and dark brownish-orange. Circular, with deep curved sides, standing on a high footring. In the middle there is a circular medallion with a scrolled border enclosing a drinking scene showing three men seated at a table on which is a punch bowl. The man in the centre holds up a goblet. The other two are smoking church-warden pipes, and the one on the right is stirring the punchbowl. Behind the table there is a window, flanked by two tricorne hats hanging on the wall. Below the rim there is a border of ships, a whale and an island on a narrow strip of sea. The exterior is decorated on one side with the Tower of London with the name EDWARD LESTER above. On the other side there is a squad of six men carrying muskets over their shoulders, perhaps militia, commanded by an officer, and a large trophy of arms comprising a canon, flags, pikes, and a drum. On either side there is a standing soldier wearing a tall mitre cap of a Fusilier or Grenadier demonstrating two drill positions associated with fixing bayonets. The rim is painted dark brownish-orange. The underside is dated '1734'.


History note: Cecil Davis, 8 St Mary Abbot's Terrace, Kensington Road, London, from whom purchased for £20 on 13 June 1922 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 25.7 cm
Height: 11.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Second quarter of 18th century
George II
Production date: dated AD 1734


A comparable bowl bearing the name Samuel Campion, and the date 1734 is in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

The subject of the decoration suggests strongly that this bowl was made in London. On accession the bowl had brass mount on the foot which concealed the date. See Documentation, Archer, 2013 for a discussion of the decoration and the relationship of the bowl to another dated 1734 in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue from cobalt)

Materials used in production

bluish-white and shiny Tin-glaze buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Buff earthenware, thrown, tin-glazed and painted in blue, and on the rim in dark brownish-orange

Inscription or legends present

  • Location: On exterior
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: 1734
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Date

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1517-1928
Primary reference Number: 72130
Old object number: 3788
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 16 February 2021 Last processed: Saturday 15 January 2022

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

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