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Wash basin: C.1718-1928

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Possibly Unidentified Lambeth Pottery (Pottery)


Tin-glazed earthenware painted in dark blue

Pale buff earthenware, thrown, tin-glazed slightly greenish-blue, and painted in dark blue. Circular with an everted rim, and deep curved sides, standing on a high, outward-sloping footring. The inside is decorated with a central large floral spray, surrounded by three medium-sized sprays, several smaller ones, and flying insects. The top of the rim has a border of floral and diaper ornament. The exterior is decorated with comparable floral sprays of different sizes.


History note: Bought at Oxford in 1894 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 30.2 cm
Height: 11 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Lambeth ⪼ Surrey ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Last quarter of 18th century
George III
Circa 1775 CE - 1799 CE


Formerly attributed doubtfully to Liverpool, but probably made by one of the Lambeth potteries

School or Style


Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

pale buff Earthenware slightly greenish-blue Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Pale buff earthenware, thrown, tin-glazed slightly greenish-blue, and painted in dark blue

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1718-1928
Primary reference Number: 72504
Old object number: 494
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 3 October 2019 Last processed: Saturday 15 January 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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