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Tureen in the form of a Melon: C.547 & A & B-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Tureen in the form of a Melon


Production: Unidentified Staffordshire factory




Press-moulded white salt-glazed stoneware

Off-white stoneware, press-moulded, and salt-glazed. The tureen and its cover are in the form of an oval melon with veined skin, and the stand is in the form of a leaf standing on three feet. The bowl of the tureen has the remnant of a stalk at one end, and above it a rectangular cut out in the rim to take a spoon. The domed cover has an applied handle in the form of a stalk with at each end. three leaves of different sizes which extend over the top of the cover. Inside it has an applied flange which fits inside the top edge of the bowl of the tureen. The stand has a flat area in the middle surrounded by a border of overlapping leaves, and a short stalk at one end. The three feet are conical with a cup-shaped top attached to the base of the stand.


History note: Sotheby's, 20 May, 1926, English Pottery and Porcelain, lot 101; bought by Hunt for £7 on behalf of Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge.

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

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 CE - 1770 CE


Tableware in the form of fruit or vegetables was an aspect of the mid-18th century Rococo style in European ceramics. The form of this tureen is close to soft-paste porcelain examples made by the Longton Hall porcelain factory, and seems likely to have been influenced by them.

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Components of the work

Surface composed of salt-glaze
Tureen Whole Height 14.8 cm Length 18.7 cm
Stand Height 4.6 cm Length 22.5 cm Width 17.4 cm
Inside Rim

Materials used in production

off-white Stoneware

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : White stoneware, press-moulded, and salt-glazed; the body of the tureen was moulded in two parts; the cover in one, with an applied moulded handle and leaf terminals, and inside an applied flange; the stand has three applied moulded feet

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.547 & A & B-1928
Primary reference Number: 75486
Old object number: 4897
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 3 August 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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