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Teapot: C.577 & A-1928

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Factory: Unidentified Staffordshire factory




White salt-glazed stoneware with decorated with panels moulded in relief with motifs of animals and figures

Off-white stoneware, slip cast, and salt-glazed. The baluster-shaped pot has eight oblong panels over eight small rectangular panels on the sides, and stands on a spreading octagonal foot. The octagonal spout is small and slender. The small looped handle has two notches at the top. The octagonal domed cover has a flange on its underside to fit inside the teapot, and has a ventilation hole. and finial with a shallow conical top. The oblong panels are decorated in relief with the following on each side: a coat of arms over a stag; the fable of the fox and the crane over; Cupid on a lion; a bearded man's head over a fox stealing a goose; and Danaë amongst clouds over a unicorn. The lid has a narrow border round the outer edge, and a wider inner border of shell/flower motifs


History note: G. Bonfiglioli, Eastbourne, from whom bought in July 1925 for £5 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Width: 9.6 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Mid
George II
Circa 1745 CE - 1755 CE


Teapots with notched handles have sometimes been attributed to Thomas and John Wedgwood of the Big House, Burslem.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Surface composed of salt-glaze
With Lid Height 12.2 cm
Lid Height 3.8 cm Width 5.3 cm
Spout To Handle Width 15.6 cm
Foot Width 6.4 cm

Materials used in production

white Stoneware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: white paper stick-on label with cut corners at the top

  • Text: White salt-glaze/octagonal tea pot/& cover, the panels/containing moulded designs./b. at Eastbourne/July 1925/The teapot has/been broken and/stuck together
  • Location: Base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in faded black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.577 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 75563
Old object number: 4916
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 22 February 2022 Last processed: Tuesday 17 October 2023

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

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