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Sugar bowl and cover: C.34 & A-1997

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Current Location: In storage


Factory: Creil factory




Yellow-glazed earthenware transfer-printed onglaze in black with rural scenes

Yellow-glazed cream earthenware transfer-printed onglaze in black. The bucket-shaped bowl, stands on a low, incurved foot with a vertical edge. The cover has deep sloping sides, an almost flat top, an oval finial, and an internal flange under the rim. The sides of the bowl are decorated wth a continuous rural scene with a conspicuous join on one side. On the left, a woman and a boy look towards buildings on the far side of a lake. On the right, a woman is milking a cow, watched by a man. Round the rim is a border of adjacent circles with a scalloped line below. The edge of the foot has a similar border with small hatched circles above. The cover is decorated with a boy seated in front of a bush, and with a cow and a sheep in front of a bush, surrounded by a floral border with a stippled background and edging of adjacent circles. The pattern on the finial is unclear.


History note: Uncertain, but possible the mother of the donor, G. H. W. Rylands, Litt D., CBE, CH, King's College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Given by G. H. W. Rylands in memory of his mother, Betha Wolferstan Rylands

Measurements and weight

Height: 14 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Creil ⪼ Oise ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1997-07-14) by Rylands, G.H.W.


Circa 1820 CE - 1830 CE


This vase-shaped form was popular for sugar basins in France in the early 19th century

Components of the work

Decoration composed of ceramic printing colour ( black)
Cover Width 10.2 cm

Materials used in production

white or cream Earthenware
yellow Lead-glaze

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: CREIL
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Factory mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.34 & A-1997
Primary reference Number: 74596
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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