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Spoon tray: C.538B-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Factory: uncertain




White stoneware, press-moulded, and salt-glazed. Oval with a waved and cusped edge, deep sloping sides, and flat base with a shaped footring. The sides are decorated with twelve panels of different sizes, two containing a man and a bird respectively, and the others a stylized plant in relief. In the middle there is a Chinese scene with a building on the left, and a man and plants on the right. One of a pair with C.538A-1928


History note: Sotheby's, 18 November, 1907, lot 27 (with C.538A-1928); bought for £2.9s. 0d. under the name of Godby by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 2.5 cm
Length: 12 cm
Width: 8.6 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Circa 1750 - 1760


One of a pair with

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Components of the work

Surface composed of salt-glaze

Materials used in production

White stoneware

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : White stoneware, press-moulded, and salt-glazed

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular white paper stick on label with blue double lines on two sides and a leaf in the left top corner

  • Text: No 2733/White salt glaze/traywith crisply/stamped designs in/relief./b. at Sotheby's Nov 18/1907
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.538B-1928
Primary reference Number: 75460
Old object number: 2733
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 26 January 2022 Last processed: Wednesday 11 January 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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