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Punch bowl: C.1717-1928

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Pottery: Unidentified Liverpool pottery (Possibly)
Pottery: Unidentified Lambeth Pottery (Possibly)




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue

Buff earthenware, thrown, covered with very shiny tin-glaze, and pained in blue. Circular with deep curved sides, standing on a high footring. The interior is inscribed in the middle 'C/WM/1733', and painted with four crossed lozenges alternating with four formal motifs, perhaps intended for flaming pearls. The outside is decorated with floral sprays and birds, and with an upper border of pendant leaves, flanked by C-shaped tendrils.


History note: Mr Merton, Wood & Co., 23 Basnett Street, Liverpool, who sent it on approval to Cambridge. Purchased on 25 March 1928 by Dr J.W.L. Glasher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 29.8 cm
Height: 16.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Liverpool ⪼ England
  • Lambeth ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Second quarter of 18th century
George II
Production date: dated AD 1733


Dr Glaisher considered that this bowl was made in Liverpool. The flying birds are reminiscent of those on the large punchbowl C.1716 & A-C-1928, but otherwise the decoration does not give a strong indication of its origin.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue derived from cobalt)

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware
very shiny white Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Buff earthenware, thrown, tin-glazed and painted in blue

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: C/WM/1733
  • Location: In middle of inside
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1717-1928
Primary reference Number: 72503
Old object number: 4998
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 11 January 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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