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Candlestick: C.544-1928

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Unidentified Staffordshire factory (Production)


White stoneware, moulded in parts, assembled, and salt-glazed. The candlestick is in the form of a gnarled tree-trunk growing on the left side of a high rocky base with a wavy edge, partly covered with moss, and hollow underneath. The trunk and its short branches are ornamented with small moulded flowers and serrated trefoil leaves. The candle-socket is formed by large overlapping leaves, and next to it, perching on a short branch is a bird resembling a pigeon.


History note: Frederick Rathbone, London, in March 1913; sold to Mr Sheldon; bought from Mr Sheldon by Cyril Andrade, London, who sold it for £50 on 29 March 1922 to Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 28.3 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
Circa 1755 - 1765

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Components of the work

Surface composed of salt-glaze Base Depth 12.5 cm Width 15 cm

Materials used in production

off-white Stoneware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular white paper stick-on label with dark blue line edging on left, top and right sides

  • Text: No 3973/White salt glaze/candlestick in the form of a/gnarled (?) tree trunk/with a pigeon/roosting in the/top branch b. in London March 29/1922
  • Location: On underside of base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in faded black in
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.544-1928
Primary reference Number: 75479
Old object number: 3973
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 27 January 2022 Last processed: Thursday 27 January 2022

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

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