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Tea caddy: C.1532-1928

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Production: Brislington Pottery (Probably)




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue

Buff earthenware tin-glazed white except for the base, and painted in blue. Rectangular with canted corners, very slightly waisted straight sides, and flat top with a central short cylindrical neck to take a cover, now missing. The two long sides are decorated with a star-shaped panel enclosing a circular floral motif, reserved in a blue ground covered with stylized floral and vegetal ornament. The two short sides have a four-sided shaped panel containing a plant reserved in a similar ground. Four lappet-shaped motifs and the areas between them on the top have similar floral and vegetal ornament


History note: Prince Frederick Duleep Singh (1868-1926), Old Buckenham Hall, Attleborough, near Thetford, Norfolk; bought at the sale held there on 18 July 1906; sold on 23 July 1906 for £2 to Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge. Lent to the Fitzwilliam Museum in June 1910

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 9 cm
Width: 6.2 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • England ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


George I
Production date: circa AD 1725


The shape of this canister is unusual, and it has been suggested that it might be Dutch rather than English. It is now attributed probably to Brislington on the basis of a fragment found there, now in the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue from cobalt)
Visible Surfaces composed of tin-glaze
While Length 8.9 cm

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1532-1928
Primary reference Number: 72176
Old object number: 2514
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 14 February 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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