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Loving cup: C.1713-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Pottery: Wincanton Pottery (Probably)
Pottery: Unidentified Bristol pottery (Possibly)
Pottery: Unidentified Lambeth Pottery (Possibly)




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue and with a red line on the rim

Buff earthenware with greyish, very shiny tin-glaze, painted in blue, and with a red-brown line on the rim. Bulbous body with a flaring neck and four loop handles, standing on a footring. Decorated on the sides between the handles with groups of flowering plants, rocks, and birds in imitation of Chinese porcelain. On one side is the inscription 'Joseph Horsford/1744, divided by a flowering tree and a bird. There is a broad blue band round the foot. Inside the mouth there is a squirrel (or rat?) and vine border. The foot is encircled by a broad blue band between two narrow, and the backs of the handles are decorated with a continuous scroll pattern.


History note: Joseph Horsford, Marnhull, Dorset; by descent to Miss Anna Maria Ford, Bridport, Dorset; sold Sotheby's, 14 June 1910, lot 359; bought by Mr Fenton for Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 21.2 cm
Height: 8 3/8 in

Place(s) associated

  • Wincanton ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England
  • Bristol ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England
  • Lambeth ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Mid#
George II
Production date: dated AD 1744


This pot was attributed to Wincanton because it was said to have been owned by Joseph Horsford who lived at Marnhull, Dorset, nine miles from Wincanton. But there is insufficient evidence to attribute to Wincanton, and it may have been made in Bristol or possibly at Lambeth.

School or Style

Oriental style

Components of the work

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

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: both name and date are divided by a plant

  • Text: Ioseph Horsford/17 44
  • Location: On one side
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription
  • Location: Loose inside pot
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Card

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1713-1928
Primary reference Number: 72493
Old object number: 3128
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 16 August 2019 Last processed: Tuesday 22 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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