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Tea caddy: C.522-1928

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Unidentified Staffordshire factory (Factory)


White salt-glazed stoneware decorated with applied prunus sprays and detached leaves

Off-white stoneware (putty-coloured), thrown, turned, decorated with applied moulded sprigs, and salt-glazed. Cylindrical with a slghtly projecting base, convex shoulder and narrow cylindrical neck. The sides are decorated with applied moulded sprays of prunus blossom and foliage, and one spray with a bunch of grapes and tendrils. On the shoulder there are four detached vine leaves on twigs. The cover is missing.


History note: Mr Sheldon, St Paul's Road, Manchester, his collection no. 1101; purchased from him with other objects for £100 on 12 May 1925 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 10.1 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Mid 18th Century
George II
Circa 1745 CE - 1750 1750 CE


The salt-glaze on this tea cannister has the 'orange peel' appearance associated with salt-glazing but not always noticeable. It would have been supplied with a cap, which may have been of metal rather than stoneware. The decoration was inspired by Chinese blanc-de-chine porcelain with prunus decoration which was imitated by European porcelain factories, such as Bow in England.

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Components of the work

Surface: composed of salt-glaze Base: Diameter 7.2 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Off-white (putty-coloured) stoneware, thrown, turned, decorated with applied moulded prunus sprays and detached leaves, and salt-glazed
Salt-glazing Turning

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.522-1928
Primary reference Number: 75413
Old object number: 4595
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 10 November 2021 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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