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Teapot: C.478 & A-1928

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Unidentified Staffordshire factory (Factory)


Red dry-bodied stoneware, press-moulded with applied moulded handle and spout, and glazed interior. The straight-sided hexagonal body has a slightly curved shoulder, and raised rim. The hexagonal cover is slightly domed and has a circular ventilation hole, and a deep inner flange which fits inside the rim. Each facet of the pot is decorated with Chinoiserie figures against a squared ground. Repeated on both sides are panels of a standing woman with a dancing child, a standing woman with a child leaning over a large jar, and an elderly man seated beside a pine tree with two birds perched on a branch above him. The shoulder is decorated with six ferns on the angles and vertical lappet-like motifs. The basket-work spout has curling leaves at the tip and at its junction with the body. The lower part of the loop handle is moulded with basket work and the top with stylized foliage. The cover has a central convolvulus flower knob beside a leaf and a smaller flower, and a border to match the shoulder.


History note: A the shop (possibly name of Allen) at the corner of Northumberland Avenue and the street, opposite the Metropolitan station, running parallel to the Embankment where bought for £ 1.5 on July 7, 1911 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 11 cm
Length: 18.8 cm

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18.8 cm11 cm What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Third quarter of 18th century
George II
George III
Circa 1765 CE - 1770 CE


The spout on this pot is very close to examples found on the William Greatbatch's waste tip in Fenton, north Staffordshire, but other features do not indicate an attribution to his factory.

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Components of the work

Base Width 9.4 cm

Materials used in production

Red dry-bodied stoneware

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Red dry-bodied stoneware, press-moulded, with glazed interior

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular white paper label with two cut corners and red line border on three sides

  • Text: 3556/Hexagonal/red teapot/and cover with/stamped designs/on the panels/b. in London/ July 7, 1911
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.478 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 75232
Old object number: 3556
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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