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Punch bowl: C.1721-1928

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Liverpool (Pottery)


Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue and red inside with a ship and the inscription ‘Success to the Sally’, and, on the outside, with a coast scene with ships

Buff earthenware, thrown, tin-glazed bluish-white, and painted mainly in blue with a little red. Circular with curved sides, standing on a footing. The inside is decorated with a brig flying a red pennant and the red ensign, with below the inscription, 'Success to the Sally'; a narrow diaper border encircles the top edge. On the outside there is a coast scene with a village on a hill, a sailing ship on the right, and a tree in the foreground; further round, is a small sailing boat.


History note: Mr Wake of Fritchley, near Crich, Derbyshire; his 1897 catalogue 281, no. 72; purchased for 18s. 6d. by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 26.2 cm
Diameter: 10 5/16 in
Height: 11.5 cm
Height: 4½ in

Place(s) associated

  • Liverpool ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Third quarter of 18th century
George III
Circa 1760 CE - 1765 CE


The name 'Sally' was very common for ships, and it has not been possible to identify which this one was. According to Glaisher's MS notebook catalogue entry, the bowl used to have a label attached to it inscribed 'Sally of Whitehaven, Captain Kenner, was taken by the French in 1757 on a voyage to St Petersburg, but this has not been verified.

Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

bluish Tin-glaze buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Buff earthenware, thrown, covered with bluish tin-glaze and painted in blue and a little red high temperature (metallic oxide) colours

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Sucess to the Sally
  • Location: Inside
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1721-1928
Primary reference Number: 72520
Old object number: 199
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Saturday 15 January 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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