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Plate: C.1723-1928

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Production: Unidentified Liverpool pottery




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue and a little red with a sailing ship and the inscription 'Success to the Iohn & Mary/Iohn Spencer'

Buff earthenware with bluish tin-glaze painted mainly in blue with a little red and yellow. Circular with a broad rim, shallow sides, and flat centre with recessed base. In the middle there is a two masted. square-rigged trading brig flying the British Merchant flag, inscribed below 'Success to the John & Mary/John Spencer'. The rim has a narrow border of panels of trellis alternating with stylized floral motifs.


History note: S. Clark in partnership with Collins, another Cambridge dealer (Collins & Clark) who had bought the plate at some local sale'; for £8.15s. 0d. S. It was shown to Glaisher on behalf of Clark by another Cambridge dealer, Stanley Woolston on 15 November 1922; and was bought for £9.15s. on 21 November by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 23 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Liverpool ⪼ Lancashire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, third quarter#
Circa 1756 CE - 1765 CE


The 'John and Sally' was a merchant ship of 140 tons built at Great Yarmouth in 1756. She was registered at Lloyds in 1764 (the first year of the register). Her owner was John Spencer, and her captain P. Crombies. There are three more plates with identical decoration, one of them larger than the others. One is in Liverpool Museum (inv. no. 50.60.22), for the others see Documentation and Notes.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue, yellow, and red)

Materials used in production

bluish-white Tin-glaze
buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Buff earthenware, moulded, tin-glazed bluish-white and painted mainly in blue with a little yellow and red high-temperature colour

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Success to the Iohn & Mary/Iohn Spencer
  • Location: On front below ship
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1723-1928
Primary reference Number: 72531
Old object number: 4015
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 3 October 2019 Last processed: Tuesday 17 October 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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