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Pail Custard with Pierced Cover: C.3100.2 & A-1928

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Pail Custard with Pierced Cover


Spode (Production)


Bone china painted in Imari style

Bone china, painted underglaze in blue and overglaze in red, green, and gold. The pail has deep slightly curved sides and a scalloped rim with two vertical handles pierced by heart-shapes. The low domed cover is pierced by twelve circular holes and has a flat button-shaped knob. The exterior of the pail is decorated with a continuous Oriental garden with fences and flower plants, and above it with a broad complex border of waves, scrolls, and plant motifs. The cover is decorated with a circle of flower heads and a narrower border. The top of the knob is gilded.


History note: Mrs J. Couch Adams, Cambridge; given by her on 1 July 1906 to Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 7.3 cm
Width: 7.6 cm

Relative size of this object

7.6 cm7.3 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Stoke-on-Trent ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( red and green) cobalt gold Cover

Materials used in production

Glaze Bone china

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Bone china, moulded in two parts, the cover pierced, glazed, and painted underglaze in blue, overglaze in red and green enamel, and gilded

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: SPODE/967
  • Location: On base of pail
  • Method of creation: Painted in red enamel
  • Type: Factory mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3100.2 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 74378
Old object number: 2473
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 12 June 2019 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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