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Swinton Pottery (Factory)
Malpas & Fenney (Proprietor)


Creamware painted in lilac enamel

Cream-coloured earthenware, painted onglaze in pale lilac and a little green enamel. Cylindrical with sloping shoulders, gently curved spout, and large intertwined rope handle, with split ends resembling leaves extending horizontally along the sides of the pot for a short distance on each side. The base and shoulder have a band of rouletted beading. The circular cover is slightly domed, and is pierced by a hole. It has a band of rouletted beading near the edge, and a knob in the shape of a flower on a stalk with two leaves. A flange under the rim fits inside the neck of the pot. One side of the pot is decorated with a spray of stylized flowers and foliage, enclosed by an oval frame of stylized fern fronds and tendrils. On the other side is the inscription 'I: Chapman/1774' enclosed by a similar wreath. The shoulder has a stylized floral spry on each side.The cover is decorated with two stylized floral sprays, and the knob is picked out in lilac and has two green leaves.


History note: Uncertain before donor, G.H.W. Rylands, Litt. D., CBE, CH, King's College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Given by G.H.W. Rylands in memory of his mother, Betha Wolferstan Rylands

Measurements and weight

Height: 17 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Swinton ⪼ Yorkshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1997-07-14) by Rylands, G.H.W.


Third quarter of 18th century
George III
Production date: AD 1774 : dated


This teapot can be attributed to Swinton Pottery on the basis of its similarity to Jug C.1052-1928 which is painted in precisely the same style in lilac, is dated '1774', and has a cornucopia-shaped lip, which is one of the characteristics of Swinton jugs A teapot with a comparable handle in a private collection is inscribed 'I. Hopkinson/1774' (with asterisk after the I). (see Documentation, Cox and Cox, 1983 and 2007).

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( lilac) Spout - Handle Length 26.2 cm
Beading Spout

Materials used in production

Lead-glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: I: Chapman/1774
  • Location: On one side of pot
  • Method of creation: Painted in lilac enamel
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.53 & A-1997
Primary reference Number: 75434
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 16 July 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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