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Teapot: C.568 & A-1928

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Unidentified Staffordshire factory (Production)


White salt-glazed stoneware, slipcast with integral relief decoration, with applied moulded spout, handle and knob. The pot stands on a low foot. The lower part of its squat bulbous body is decorated with gadrooning above which it is covered with a busy design of masks, animals, fruit, foliage, and flowers in relief. Round the plain shoulder there is a zig-zag border. The spout in the form of a monster's head with a human arm on each side, and has nine holes behind it to emit the tea. The S-shaped handle in the form of a dragon. The domed cover is decorated with indistinct foliage and flowers in slight relief, and has a knob in the shape of a lion, whose head is missing.


History note: Sale at Broughton Rectory, Hampshire, on 16 August 1917; bought for £20 by Mr Goodman, Christchurch Road, Bournemouth on behalf of Mrs W.D. Dickson, Bournemouth, by whom given as a Christmas present in 1920 to Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 11.3 cm
Length: 16 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Mid 18th Century
George II
Circa 1745 - 1755

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Components of the work

Surface composed of salt-glaze Cover Diameter 5.5 cm
Body Handle, Spout, Knob

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular white paper stick-on label with cut corners and dark blue line border

  • Text: 5002/White salt glaze/ rest illegible
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.568 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 75541
Old object number: 5002
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 20 January 2022 Last processed: Thursday 20 January 2022

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

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