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Scent bottle: C.532-1928

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Unidentified Staffordshire Pottery (Production)


White salt-glazed stoneware scent bottle, decorated with Oriental garden scenes

Off-white stoneware, press moulded, and salt glazed. The bottle has a tall rectangular body with four panels, on a foot slightly smaller than the bottom, gently curved shoulders and a short cylindrical neck. The shoulders are decorated with incised lines and leaves, with rouletting around the neck to represent rope-work. One of the large panels depicts two Oriental figures under a parasol, while the other shows a garden scene, with trees and buildings. The smaller panels on the narrow ends are decorated with vines. Under the base are the scratched initials and date 'T.W. 1724'.


History note: Mr Jennings, Ipswich, from whom bought for £2 5s 0d. on 10 August 1918 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 10.4 cm
Length: 4.7 cm
Width: 3.5 cm

Relative size of this object

4.7 cm10.4 cm What does this represent?

Relative size of this object is displayed using code inspired by Good Form and Spectacle's work on the British Museum's Waddeson Bequest website and their dimension drawer. They chose a tennis ball to represent a universally sized object, from which you could envisage the size of an object.

Acquisition and important dates

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


Early 18th Century
George I
Production date: dated AD 1724


This is one of the earliest pieces of white salt-glazed stoneware. The earliest is a two-handled cup with incised inscription: 'Mrs Mary Sandbach her cup anno dom 1720' now in the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri (inv. 41-23/675).

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Components of the work

Surface composed of salt-glaze Body

Materials used in production

white Stoneware

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: T W 1724
  • Location: Base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Initials and date

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.532-1928
Primary reference Number: 75444
Old object number: 3899
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 5 January 2022 Last processed: Wednesday 5 January 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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