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Flower brick: C.1675-1928

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Probably Unidentified Liverpool pottery (Pottery)


Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue, green, yellow, and red with flowering plants and grasses

Buff earthenware, slab-built and pierced, tin-glazed bluish-white and painted in blue, green, and yellow. Rectangular with a recessed top pierced by a large circular central hole with nine smaller holes on each side. The lower edge is cut into a cupid's bow shape on the two long sides, and a simple curve on the ends, to produce four corner feet. The recessed top is painted blue overall. The two long sides are decorated with bamboo, flowering plants and grasses, and the short sides with a large flower with red edged petals, leaves, and grasses.


History note: Bought at a sale held at the Vicarage, Haslingfield (Cambs) on 3 June 1898 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 6.5 cm
Length: 12.5 cm
Width: 5.4 cm

Relative size of this object

12.5 cm6.5 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Liverpool ⪼ Lancashire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th century
Circa 1750 - 1760


The plant decoration was inspired by Oriental porcelain

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue, green, yellow, and a little red)

Materials used in production

bluish-white Tin-glaze buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Slab-building : Buff earthenware, slab-built and pierced, tin-glazed bluish-white, and painted in blue, green, yellow, and a little red high-temperature (metallic oxide) colours

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1675-1928
Primary reference Number: 72430
Old object number: 305
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Saturday 15 January 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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