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Punch bowl: C.1570-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Pottery: Unidentified Lambeth Pottery (Probably)




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue on the outside with a fox hunting scene

Buff earthenware, tin-glazed and painted in blue. The exceptionally large bowl is circular with deep curved and slightly warped sides, standing on a circular hollow foot. The interior is decorated with a central circular medallion enclosing a landscape showing a man shooting partridges and another landing a fish. Around it there are eight sprays of prunus, peonies and other Chinese flowers. The exterior has a continuous fox-hunting scene with on one side three men on horseback, and a huntsman holding a horn crossing a stile on foot. Further round to the right there is another mounted huntsman and one running on foot, and in the background hounds and a fox, trees, and rocks. Plain bands encircle the base of the bowl. The foot is painted with slanting leaves springing upwards from a broad border of closely set stylized flowers and birds reserve in a blue ground.


History note: Loft's Hall, Elmdon, nr Saffron Walden (not included in the recent sale as broken); offered by a servant or dependant to Mrs Hagger of Saffron Walden for £2.0.0.; sold for £2.10.0. on 30 July 1906 to Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 49.7 cm
Height: 32.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Lambeth ⪼ Surrey ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Mid
George II
Circa 1735 CE - Circa 1740 CE


Possibly made for an Essex Hunt

Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

bluish-white Tin-glaze
buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1570-1928
Primary reference Number: 72237
Old object number: 2703
Old object number: 2570
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Sunday 18 June 2023 Last processed: Friday 16 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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