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Butter Dish, Cover and Stand: C.560 & A & B-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 12 (Adeane)


Butter Dish, Cover and Stand


Production: Unidentified Staffordshire factory
Factory: Humphrey Palmer's Factory (Possibly)




White alt-glazed stoneware with diaper pattern

Off-white stoneware, press moulded and salt-glazed. The dish was made in two halves, which were joined together. The dish has an uneven base, and on either end of the sides has vertical lugs with holes in them, possibly for a wire handle. The domed cover has wavy edges, and an applied knob moulded in the shape of a recumbent cow. The surface of the dome has diamond shaped perforations in a diamond formation: four groups with four diamonds, and below them, four groups with three. The stand has a wavy edge, with a plain shallow well. All three pieces are decorated with panels of trellis diaper pattern flanked by scrolls, alternating with panels of wickerwork. The dish has this pattern around the rim, approximately 2cm wide.


History note: Imported from Holland by Mr Staal of Brownlow Street, Holborn, shortly before he sold it for £3 on 17 November 1905 to Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Place(s) associated

  • Hanley ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Mid
George II
George III
Circa 1755 CE - 1770 CE


Fragments of salt-glazed cow finials and fragments of plate borders comparable to those on this butter dish have been found on the site of Humphrey Palmer's factory in Hanley, but comparable butter dishes were probably made by several potters during the third quarter of the eighteenth century.

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Components of the work

Surface composed of salt-glaze
Stand Height 1.8 cm Width 16.3 cm
Lid Height 4.1 cm Width 12.1 cm
Dish Height 5.9 cm Width 12.1 cm
Lid Decoration
Lid Knob

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Salt-glazing : White salt-glazed stoneware, press moulded

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.560 & A & B-1928
Primary reference Number: 75523
Old object number: 2548
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 20 January 2022 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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

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