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Three tier flower stand: C.1539 & A & B-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Three tier flower stand


Pottery: unidentified London pottery (Probably)




Tin-glazed earthenware, the shoulders pierced to take flower stalks, painted in blue with floral sprays and various borders

Buff earthenware, thrown in three sections, tin-glazed slightly greenish-blue, and painted in blue. The lower stage is a bowl with curved sides and narrow rim standing on a footring, to the rim of which is luted a domed cover pierced by one large and forth-eight small holes to take the stalks of the flowers. The second tier is cylindrical with one large and ten smaller holes, and a protruding cylinder at the bottom which fits into the top of the dome of the bowl. The third tier is a smaller with one large and six smaller holes, and a protruding cylinder which fits into the second tier. The lower part of the bowl and the second tier are decorated with floral sprays. and insects. The domed and pierced area has four horizontal bands of formal ornament, and there are different formal borders round the upper edge of the second stage, and the upper and lower edges of the third stage.


History note: Bought by Mr Freeman of Cambridge in the North of England (Doncaster?) and sold to Mr Powell, of Cambridge,who sold it for £1 in March 1899, or 1900 to Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 26.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 18th century
George III
Circa 1780 CE - 1790 CE


The flower stand lacks its uppermost section. A complete example is at Colonial Williamsburg.

Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware
slightly greenish, bluish-white Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Buff earthenware, thrown in three sections, pierced, tin-glazed slightly greenish, bluish-white, and painted in blue; the glaze has been wiped off footring and the lower edge of the two separate tiers

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: X
  • Location: On base of bowl, underside of second tier, and inside third
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1539 & A & B-1928
Primary reference Number: 72184
Old object number: 962
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 16 August 2019 Last processed: Tuesday 22 November 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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