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Wall pocket: C.542-1928

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Unidentified Staffordshire Pottery (Production)


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: Williams, Wardour Street, London, where purchased on 27 May 1914 for £2.10s. by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 17.8 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Third quarter of 18th century
George II or George III
Circa 1755 - 1770 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 Front:

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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: Wednesday 15 September 2021 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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