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Cauliflower Tureen: C.2741.1 & A-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Cauliflower Tureen


Production: Unidentified Delft factory




Earthenware, moulded, tin-glazed and painted in dark blue, green, and yellow to resemble a cauliflower

Buff earthenware, moulded in two parts, tin-glazed pale blue and painted in dark blue, green, and yellow. Three spur marks on the base. The tureen is modelled and decorated to resemble a cauliflower lying on its side, but is pale blue with groups of dark blue spots where a real cauliflower would be off-white or pale yellow. The green leaves have very dark blue veins.


History note: Mr Willoughby,Hunstanton, from whom purchased with its pair for 10s .0d. on 26 April 1901 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge.

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 12 cm
Width: 15 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, third quarter#
Circa 1750 - 1775

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Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware
pale blue Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Buff earthenware, moulded in two parts, tin-glazed pale blue and painted in dark blue, green, and yellow. Three spur marks on the base

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular white paper label with a printed red scalloped border

  • Text: 1629
  • Location: Inside lower part ndear rim
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2741.1 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 74000
Old object number: 1309
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 1 September 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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