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Wash basin: C.1749-1928

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Pottery: Vauxhall Pottery
Proprietor: Chilwell, Mary (Possibly)
Proprietor: Chilwell, Jonathan V (Possibly)




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue

Buff earthenware, tin-glazed and painted in blue, Octagonal with an almost flat rim, and deep circular centre, standing on a low footring. The front is decorated with a central medallion containing a lotus flower surrounded by eight petal-shaped panels each containing a lotus flower with a ground of close-set spirals. On the back of the rim there are four 'herbal sprigs' situated where the rim meets the well.


History note: Unknown before testator, Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 5.4 cm
Width: 27.9 cm
Width: 11 in

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Place(s) associated

  • Vauxhall ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Mid 18th Century
George II
Circa 1740 CE - 1750 CE


This bowl or deep dish is a copy of a Chinese blue and white porcelain original of the Yongzheng period (1723-35). It was formerly attributed to Dublin, and later to Liverpool.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of cobalt

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware
slightly pinkish Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Buff earthenware, moulded, coated with slightly pinkish tin-glaze, and painted in blue; two peg marks and a flaw in the glaze where there would have been a third

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1749-1928
Primary reference Number: 72551
Old object number: 214
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 3 October 2019 Last processed: Wednesday 11 January 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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