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Butter bowl: C.1695 & A-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Production: Vauxhall Pottery




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue, green, yellow and red with flowers in vases and Chinese figures

Buff earthenware, thrown, tin-glazed and painted in blue, green, yellow, and red. The circular bowl stands on a footring. It has a pyramidal spike in the middle, curved sides and a narrow rim on which the slightly domed cover rests. Its knob is missing. The exterior of the bowl is decorated with two Chinese figures bending forwards, alternating with stylized flowers and foliage in vases with pairs of blue leaves between them. The cover has three floral sprays alternating with three winged insects and three four-petalled flowers. The stump of the knob is encircled by two blue bands and the outer edge by a broad blue band.


History note: Mr Jolley, Cambridge from whom bought for 10s.0d. on 25 November 1904 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
Width: 14.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Vauxhall ⪼ Surrey ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


George I
George II
Circa 1720 CE - 1730 CE


The central spike indicates that this bowl was probably used for butter. Fragments of bowls with spikes have been found in Lambeth and at Vauxhall, and the decoration of this example links it to the pottery at the latter

Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1695 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 72466
Old object number: 2197
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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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