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Pepper castor: C.561-1928

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Unidentified Staffordshire factory (Factory)


White stoneware, moulded with decoration in relief, pierced, and salt-glazed

White stoneware, moulded, the cover pierced, and salt-glazed. The caster has a bulbous body with a long neck and a spreading foot. The domed cover is perforated with a large group of holes forming a lozenge-shape in the centre, and four groups of six holes forming triangles round the edges. The sides are decorated with panels of two different trellis patterns one above the other, and with a band of wickerwork round the top. There are bands of shallow gadrooning round the foot and edge of the cover. There is a circular hole in the bottom for filling.


History note: Mr Jolley, Cambridge, from whom purchased for £6.10s. on 6 October 1917, Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 12.8 cm
Width: 5.9 cm

Relative size of this object

5.9 cm12.8 cm What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Third quarter of 18th century
George II
George III
Circa 1755 CE - 1765 1765 CE


The form echoes the elongated pear-shaped forms of pewter and silver casters

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Components of the work

Surface: composed of salt-glaze Foot: Width 5.5 cm

Materials used in production

White stoneware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : White stoneware, moulded, the cover pierced, and salt-glazed

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.561-1928
Primary reference Number: 75526
Old object number: 3741
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 20 January 2022 Last processed: Thursday 20 January 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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