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Sweetmeat stand: C.1549-1928

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World's End Pottery (Pottery)
Delamain, Henry (Proprietor of pottery)
Delamain, Mary (Proprietor of pottery)
Delamain, William (Proprietor of pottery)
Wilkinson, Samuel (Proprietor of pottery)


Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue

Buff earthenware, moulded in parts, tin-glazed, and painted in blue. The stand is in the shape of a tier of ten shelves attached to a central hollow oval support. The undersides of the three lowest shells have protrusions for feet. The interiors of the shells are painted with Chinese style flowers and plants, except for the top shell which has a vase holding a flower and two peacock feathers. A figure 4 is painted on the underside of one shell.


History note: Miss Samuels, Grays Inn Road, London from whom purchased about 1899 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 17.9 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Dublin ⪼ Ireland

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th century
Circa 1755 CE - 1765 CE


Probably copied from a Bow or Worcester porcelain stand.

This stand was made at the World's End Pottery in Dublin during the proprietorship of either William Delamain, his 'widow', Mary Delamain, or William Delamain and Samuel Wilkinson.

Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

bluish and very thick Tin-glaze buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 4
  • Location: On underside of one of the lowest shells
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Number

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1549-1928
Primary reference Number: 72199
Old object number: 994
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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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