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Teapot: C.479 & A-1928

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Unidentified Staffordshire factory (Factory)


Dry-bodied red stoneware press-moulded with Chinoiserie decoration

Red dry-bodied stoneware, press-moulded. The pot has a hexagonal body with a sloping shoulder and raised rim, an applied upward curving spout and an ear-shaped handle with projecting thumb rests. The hexagonal cover is slightly domed, and has a depressed ball knob, a ventilation hole, and a flange which fits inside the rim. Each facet on the body is decorated with Chinoiserie figures against a squared background. The central facet on each side has an elderly man seated under a pine tree with two birds perched on a branch above him. On one side the facet on his left is occupied by a standing woman with a dancing child beside her; all the other facets have a standing woman with a child beside her leaning over a large jar. The shoulder is decorated with scrolls and trellis motifs, the spout with basket-work and geometrical motifs, and the handle with stylized foliage. The cover has a scrolling border which does not match the shoulder


History note: Gilbey Collection; Mr C. Bird of Saffron Walden from whom purchased for £2 on 4 October 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: 12.8 cm
Length: 18 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Circa 1765 CE - 1775 CE

School or Style

Chinoiserie Rococo

Components of the work


Materials used in production

Red dry-bodied stoneware

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Red dry-bodied stoneware, press-moulded with applied moulded handle and spout

Inscription or legends present

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

  • Text: 3337/Hexagonal/red teapot/and cover/wtih stamped/designs in the/panels/b. in Cambridge/Oct 4, 1911
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.479 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 75234
Old object number: 3557
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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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