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Cup and saucer: C.44 & A-1997

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Current Location: In storage


Factory: North Hilton Pottery (Probably)
Production: Buck, Adam (In style of)




Yellow-glazed earthenware, bat-printed onglaze in black with different vignettes of a woman and child and a musical instrument on each piece.

Yellow-glazed earthenware, bat-printed onglaze in black, and painted in black enamel. The circular, deep-sided cup has a loop handle, and stands on a projecting footring. The circular saucer has deeped curved sides and stands on a footring. The cup is decorated with a mother seated on a stool, with a toddler on her knee, while she plays a harp. A lyre-shaped music stand is on the right. There are black bands round the rim and foot, and a spot, a stylised leaf and a longtitudinal stroke on the back of the handle. The saucer is decorated with a young woman seated at a square piano, with on the left, a child playing a triangle, and on the right, a child rattling a tambourine. The vignette is surrounded by a narrow black circle, and there is a thicker black band on the rim.

Legal notes

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

Place(s) associated

  • Newcastle-upon-Tyne ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Early 19th Century
Circa 1815 CE - 1820 CE


The print on th saucer corresponds to one of several vignettes of mothers with children on a copper plate (for printing) in the Laing Art Gallery and Museum, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, which had a provenance going back to the Maling family of potters at North Hilton. None of these vignettes corresponds exactly to known Buck designs, but are in the style of his designs of mothers with small children.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of ceramic printing colour ( black)
Saucer Diameter 3.2 cm Height 3.0 cm
Cup Height 6.7 cm Width 9.6 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Lead-glazing : Yellow-glazed earthenware, bat-printed overglaze and painted in black enamel.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.44 & A-1997
Primary reference Number: 75098
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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