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Teapot: C.518 & A-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Factory: Unidentified Staffordshire factory




White-salt-glazed teapot inscribed 'GREEN:/TEA'

Off-white salt-glazed stoneware. The globular body stands on three moulded paw feet. It has a short cylindrical neck, a slightly curved spout and a roll handle with an upward 'kick' at the lower end. On each side it has the words GREEN:/TEA: surrounded by stylized leaves linked by scrolls. The circular domed cover has a capstan finial and is decorated with applied plant motifs: a trefoil leaf, a daisy head and a small spray of leaves.


History note: J.W.Ford Collection, Enfield Old Park, Middlesex; sold without name at Sotheby’s, 22 May, 1908, lot 10, sold for £4.15; bought from Mr George Stoner on 25 May, 1908 for £7 17s. 6d. by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 10.5 cm
Length: 14.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Mid
George II
Circa 1745 CE - 1755 CE


Green tea is made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, and was one of several different types of tea available in the eighteenth century. The leaves have not been oxidized, and today Green Tea is considered to be beneficial to health.

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Components of the work

Surface composed of salt-glaze
Pot Height 8.5 cm

Materials used in production

white Stoneware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: IN RELIEF

  • Text: GREEN:/TEA:
  • Location: On both sides of body
  • Method of creation: Moulded in relief
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: rectangular paper label

  • Text: illegible
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in faded black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.518 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 75366
Old object number: 2850
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 19 April 2022 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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