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Punch Bowl with Three-part Cover: C.1716 & A-C-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Punch Bowl with Three-part Cover


Factory: Liverpool




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue with Oriental landscapes, the arms and motto of Liverpool, and inscribed 'THOMAS BOOTLE ESQUIRE MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR LIVERPOOLE 1724'

Tin-glazed earthenware and painted in blue. The bowl itself rests on a high domed foot and is painted round the outside with a Chinese landscape, with pavilions on rocks, trees and flying birds, below a border of formal foliage; a similar landscape on the foot. Inside, the arms of Liverpool with the motto 'DEUS.NOBIS.HAEC.OTIA.FECIT'; symmetrical scroll ornaments round the side. The lower part of the lid is domed and painted with similar Chinese landscapes below a panelled border; it has in the middle of it a deep depression forming a small bowl which is covered by the second lid; this supports a third small receptacle, also covered by means of the uppermost lid which ends in a bulbous knob (whole lid is a replacement). Both upper lids are painted with Chinese landscapes; the lower one of them is inscribed inside: 'THOMAS BOOTLE ESQUIRE MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR LIVERPOOLE 1724'.


History note: Sir Thomas Bootle (1685-1753), Lathom Hall, Lancashire; Mr Robert Wilbraham who married Bootle's niece and heiress; by descent to the 2nd Earl of Lathom , Edward George Bootle-Wilbraham (1864-1910), Lathom Hall; possibly the 3rd Earl, Edward William Bootle-Wilbraham (1895-1930); sold ; Frank Stoner, London, from whom purchased for £280 by Dr Glaisher on 13 December 1920

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 59 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Liverpool ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Early#
George I
Production date: dated AD 1724


This imposing punchbowl was owned by Sir Thomas Bootle (1685-1753), known as 'Bright Bootle', a prominent lawyer, who was returned unopposed to Parliament for Liverpool in 1724 after two unsuccessful attempts. It is not known whether he commissioned it, or if it was given to him by his supporters, who included several local landowners in opposition to the city council. In 1726 he was elected mayer, but resigned in 1727 so that he could stand for parliament again. He was re-elected and held the seat until 1734. He was subsequently elected member for Midhurst in Kent. He was knighted in 1742 and served as Chancellor to Frederick, Prince of Wales from 1740-51, and his successor, George, Prince of Wales. His country residence was Lathom Hall.

School or Style

Oriental style

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue derived from cobalt oxide)
Top Cover composed of lead-glaze
All Except Top Cover composed of tin-glaze
Bowl Diameter 35.5 cm

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware

Inscription or legends present

  • Location: On underside of lower lid
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1716 & A-C-1928
Primary reference Number: 72500
Old object number: 4789
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 15 December 2023 Last processed: Friday 16 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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