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Wall pocket: C.542-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Production: Unidentified Staffordshire Pottery




White salt-glazed stoneware with eyes painted in brown slip.

White salt-glazed stoneware flower holder in the shape of a woman's face surrounded by acanthus foliage

White stoneware, press-moulded and salt-glazed. The front of the flower holder is in the form of a woman's face with a bow over her forehead, and a scroll on each side of her cheeks, surrounded by acanthus foliage, pierced by three holes at the top. Below her chin there are three leaves terminating in a point. The woman's eyes are painted with dark brown slip. The flat back is lower at the top than the front, and has a wavy edge. Below this there are two circular suspension holes.


History note: A house near Watford; Williams, Wardour Street, London, where purchased on 27 May 1914 for £2.10s. by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 17.8 cm
Width: 10.2 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, third quarter#
George II or George III
Circa 1755 - 1770


Perhaps made by Thomas Whieldon's factory at Fenton Vivian, or Thomas and John Wedgwood, the Big House, Burslem, whose sales account book mentions in 1770 the sale to Richard Franks of Bristol of '8 large faces, 6 Midle, 2 least, 8 Flower Horns, 2/- per pair £1.4.0. Flower horns were flat-backed wall pockets for flowers, so it seems likely that the 'faces' were for a similar purpose and resembled this example and C.540-1928 and C.541-1928.

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Components of the work

Eyes composed of slip ( dark brown)
Surface composed of salt-glaze

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: almost square white paper stick-on label with dark blue line border on three sides

  • Text: No 3704/White salt glaze/wall pocket, with/a woman's face/& leaf below./b. in Lon (don)/ May 27 1914
  • Location: On back
  • Method of creation: Hand written
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.542-1928
Primary reference Number: 75473
Old object number: 3704
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 26 April 2022 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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