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Tea caddy: C.2719-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Production: Unidentified Delft factory




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue, green, red, and gold with two arched panels containing a figure of Charity and two panels containing Oriental flowering plants

Tin-glazed earthenware painted inglaze in blue, and overglaze in green, red, and gold. Rectangular with recessed base, straight sides, flat shoulders and a shallow cylindrical neck to take a screw top (missing and replaced in wood). The two long sides are each decorated with an arched panel enclosing a woman with three children, symbolizing Charity, standing on a chequered tile floor. The spandrels above the arches are blue with gold trianges and rows of dots at the top. The short ends are each decorated with a panel with a shaped top enclosing Oriental flowering plants. The area above is blue with gold scrolls and pendant bell-flowers. The blue neck is surrounded by a wide blue band and a narrower red band from which a half flower and scrolls in red and gold project onto the shoulder on each side.


History note: Unidentified owner in Worcester where bought by Mr Freeman, dealer of Cambridge; purchased from him in 1899, for £7.0.0. by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 6 cm
Height: 13.1 cm
Width: 7.9 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Delft ⪼ Holland ⪼ United Provinces of the Netherlands

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Early#
Circa 1700 CE - 1725 CE


This style of decoration was inspired by Japanese porcelain with an underglaze blue ground and painting in enamels and gold which was imported by the Dutch East India Company. Here the Oriental flower panels were combined with a European figure of Charity.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue from cobalt) enamel ( green and red) gold

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Slab-built : Buff earthenware, slab-built, tin-glazed, and painted inglaze in blue, and overglaze in green, red, and gold

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2719-1928
Primary reference Number: 73955
Old object number: 1013
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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