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Quintal Flower Vase: C.1685-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Quintal Flower Vase


Pottery: Unidentified Bristol pottery (Possibly)




Tin-glazed earthenware decorated with applied floral sprays, and painted in blue, greyish-green, yellow, dull red, and manganese-purple with flowers, and a moth, and with a blue inscription 'WATERFIELD/1775'

Buff earthenware, with applied floral sprays, unevenly tin-glazed greyish-white, and painted in blue, greyish-green, yellow, dull red, and manganese-purple. The vase stands on a hollow rectangular socle, and is made up of five conjoined bases with spouts at the top for the stalks of the flowers. The upper part is painted with flowers, insects and butterflies, and the applied sprays are coloured naturalistically. The base has flowers on the ends, a butterfly on one longs side, and on the other an oval medallion enclosing WATERFIELD/1775 in blue. Its upper and lower borders are painted in manganese with 'cracked ice' decoration.


History note: Purchased from Mr Thomas Sutton, a dealer in Eastbourne for £12.10.0 in May 1905 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 29 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Bristol ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


George III
Production date: dated AD 1775


This form is very unusual in English delftware and its attribution to Bristol is not conclusive.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Tin-glazed earthenware, moulded in parts, assembled, tin-glazed, and painted in blue, greyish-green, yellow, dull red, and manganese-purple

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: WATERFIELD/1775
  • Location: On front of socle
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1685-1928
Primary reference Number: 72452
Old object number: 2320
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 10 August 2017 Last processed: Tuesday 17 October 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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