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Spoon tray: C.1538-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Pottery: Brislington Pottery (Possibly)
Pottery: Unidentified Bristol pottery (Possibly)
Pottery: unidentified London pottery (Perhaps)




Buff earthenware, press-moulded, tin-glazed and painted in blue. Oval with forty slanting flutes on the sides and a flat base. Decorated on the flat surface with a woman seated at a spinning wheel outside a cottage in a landscape. The sides have a repeating radiating pattern comprising four circles with a dot in the centre of each one above the over, flanked by wide stripes, and separated from the next repeat by a narrow stripe.


History note: Mr Wake, Fritchley, near Crich, Derbyshire, in whose Sale catalogue no 316, it was no. 130, and was bought for 10s.0d. on 2 December 1900 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 2.1 cm
Length: 15.2 cm
Width: 10 cm

Relative size of this object

15.2 cm2.1 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Brislington ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England
  • Bristol ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England
  • London ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Early 18th Century
Queen Anne
Circa 1707 CE - 1725 CE


The use of this little dish is undetermined. Its size suggests that it could have been used as a spoon tray or for sauce or sweetmeats, but it might have been used on a dressing table

Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Buff earthenware, press-moulded, tin-glazed except for the base, and painted in blue high-temperature colour

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1538-1928
Primary reference Number: 72183
Old object number: 2416
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 2 October 2019 Last processed: Wednesday 11 January 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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