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Sugar bowl: C.515 & A-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Production: Unidentified Staffordshire Pottery




White salt-glazed stoneware decorated with reliefs depicting the capture of Portobello, Admiral Vernon, and ships

Off-white stoneware, thrown, with mould applied reliefs, and salt-glaze. The circular basin has deep sides curving inwards above the foot. The cover is almost flat, with a flange underneath which fits inside the basin, and has a capstan-shaped knob. One side is decorated with two rows of three ships (possibly representing the six ships that Admiral Vernon won the battle with), with the top row facing right, and the bottom left. On the other side, in the centre, is a scene of a harbour and buildings, with three small ships below this, and a larger ship below these. Flanking this scene are two large ships, which themselves are flanked by two figures of Admiral Vernon, which face towards each other. At the top and bottom of the basin is a rouletted border, imitating rope-work. The lid is decorated with four ships, with the same rouletted border, around the rim and finial, as the basin.


History note: Arthur Edward Clarke Collection ; sold Sotheby's 18-20 June 1919, lot 98 ; bought by Mr Stoner, on behalf of Dr Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Mid
George II
Production date: circa AD 1740 : Portobello was captured on 22 November 1739


The decoration of the teapot commemorates the capture of the Spanish settlement of Portobello, Panama by Admiral Edward Vernon (1684-1757) on 22 November 1739. The teapot would not have been made until after March 1740 when the news arrived in England. Similar relief motifs appear on a white salt-glazed stoneware mug in the Schreiber Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and on a lead-glazed redware bowl in the British Museum (inv. no. 1887,0307,G.30)

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Components of the work

Surface composed of salt-glaze
Basin Height 11 cm Width 9.2 cm
Lid Height 4.1 cm Width 9.9 cm

Materials used in production

white Stoneware

Techniques used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.515 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 75360
Old object number: 4057
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 25 November 2021 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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