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Monteith: C.1674-1928

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Production: Unidentified Lambeth Pottery (Probably)




Buff earthenware tin-glazed greenish-white and painted in blue, dull green, dull yellow, brownish-red, and brown. Circular with six double scallops round the rim, and deep curved sides, standing on a footring, pierced by two holes before firing. Inside two concentric blue circles enclose a Oriental garden with a tree, flowering shrub, bamboo and banded rush fencing. On the exterior there are two similar gardens, and a narrow blue line following the curves of the rim.


History note: Mrs Miller (née James), Lansdowne, Bournemouth from whom bought for £8 on 27 November 1920 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 25.7 cm
Height: 11.2 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 1740 CE - 1750 CE


The decoration of this monteith (a bowl for rinsing and cooling wine glasses) was probably inspired by Japanese Kakiemon porcelains which had been imported since the 1680s. Kakiemon designs are uncommon on English delftware but were frequently imitated on soft-paste porcelain in England and on the Continent.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, dull green, dull yellow, brownish-red, and brown)

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware
greenish-white Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production


References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1674-1928
Primary reference Number: 72429
Old object number: 4528
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 16 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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