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Model cradle: C.512-1928

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Unidentified Staffordshire Pottery (Production)


White salt-glazed stoneware with incised decoration filled with dark brown slip

Off-white salt-glazed stoneware with incided decoration filled with dark brown slip or clay. The cradle is in the form of a rectangular box, at the head end of which is an arched hood with a triangular pediment behind it; and at the foot end, a triangular pediment. On each side of both pediments there is a projecting conical knob, and there is another in the middle of one side of the base, originally matched by another on the other side, now missing. Underneath the base there are two curved rockers. The exterior of the pediments and the top of the hood are decorated with geometrical designs, mainly composed of triangles bounded by outlines, and a line runs along the top of each side.


History note: Frederick Rathbone, Alfred Place, West Kensington, from whom bought for £28 on 28 March, 1913 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 19.7 cm
Length: 23.5 cm
Width: 14 cm

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23.5 cm19.7 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


Mid 18th Century
George II
Circa 1730 CE - 1770 CE


In the absence of dated examples, this cradle could have been made at any time between about 1730 and 1770

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of slip ( dark brown) Surface composed of salt-glaze Knobs

Materials used in production

off-white Stoneware

Techniques used in production

Slab-building : Off-white stoneware, slab-built with moulded projections, incised decoration filled with dark brown slip, and salt-glaze

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.512-1928
Primary reference Number: 75354
Old object number: 3661
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 6 November 2021 Last processed: Tuesday 22 February 2022

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

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