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Fragment of a saucer: C.4.54-1964

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White salt-glazed stoneware with scratch blue decoration. Part of a circular saucer with shallow curved sides, standing on a footring. The inside is decorated with part of a central circle of herringbone pattern, outside which is a five-petalled flower flanked by leaves. Round the edge two adjacent lines form a shallow scalloped border.


History note: Found in London in Tooley Street by G.F. Lawrence, and given by him to Bernard Rackham (1876-1964)

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Bernard Rackham

Measurements and weight

Height: 2.4 cm
Length: 8.3 cm

Relative size of this object

8.3 cm2.4 cm What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1964-03-12) by Rackham, Bernard


Mid 18th Century
Circa 1745 CE - 1760 CE

Components of the work

Decoration composed of cobalt oxide Surface composed of salt-glaze

Materials used in production

off-white Stoneware

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : White stoneware, press-moulded, with incised decoration coloured blue (scratch blue), and salt-glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: square white paper stick-on label

  • Text: Graffito/salt glaze/Tooley St
  • Location: On back of side
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: rectangular white paper stick-on label

  • Location: Inside footring
  • Method of creation: Printed in greyish-black
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.4.54-1964
Primary reference Number: 74888
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 December 2017 Last processed: Tuesday 22 February 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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