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The Fitzwilliam Museum - Sweetmeat stand: C.1550-1928
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Sweetmeat stand: C.1550-1928

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Unidentified factory (Factory)


Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue

Earthenware, press-moulded in parts, tin-glazed and painted in blue. The stand comprises four tiers of shells, ( six, five, four, and three - one missing from the lowest tier). Each shell is bracketed on the tail of a dolphin attached to the central core, and the summit is topped by three dolphins with their tails uppermost. The shells in alternate layers are painted respectively with bunches of grapes and a border, or with stripes. The central core, dolphin brackets and the three dolphins at the top are blue overall with incised trefoils here and there.


History note: Purchased in Croydon about 1899 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 47.5 cm
Height: 18.5 in

Acquisition and important dates

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


Third quarter of 18th century
Circa 1750 CE - 1760 CE


This sweetmeat stand was attributed to England by Rackham, but is probably Continental

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue) Parts

Materials used in production

Tin-glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1550-1928
Primary reference Number: 72202
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

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

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