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Scent bottle: C.532-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Production: Unidentified Staffordshire Pottery




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

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Early#
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

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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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 5 January 2022 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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