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Leaf dish: C.4-1996

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Current Location: In storage


Factory: Unidentified Staffordshire factory (Uncertain)




Cream-coloured earthenware, lead-glazed, leaf-shaped dish.

Cream-coloured earthenware, press-moulded and lead-glazed. The dish is in the shape of a concave, serrated-edged leaf with a curved stalk handle, standing on a shaped footring. The interior is decorated in relief with currant branches and currants.


History note: Messrs. A.F. Allbrook, Essex, May, 1984 from whom purchased by Sir Ivor Batchelor; Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor

Legal notes

Given by Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor

Measurements and weight

Height: 2.2 cm
Length: 16.5 cm
Width: 14.0 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1996-01-22) by Batchelor, Ivor, Sir and Lady


18th Century, Late
George III
Circa 1780 CE - 1800 CE


This dish may have been a stand for a small tureen or sauce boat, or a dish for pickles or sweetmeats. It was possibly made by James & Charles Whitehead of Hanley whose Pattern Book includes 'Item 76, Melon Form with Stands and Ladles in five sizes' of which the stands similar to this. Comparable leaf dishes have been attributed to Yorkshire.

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Materials used in production

cream Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Cream-coloured earthenware, press-moulded and lead-glazed

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.4-1996
Primary reference Number: 75022
Old object number: 122
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 15 November 2019 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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

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