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Teapot: C.578 & A-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Unidentified Staffordshire factory (Factory)


Off-white stoneware, slip-cast with applied moulded handle, spout, and knob, and salt-glaze. The teapot has an inverted pear-shaped body rising from an octagonal spreading base, and has a short octagonal neck. It has a curved eight-sided spout, and a handle in the form of a scaled monster with three leaves projecting from its lower junction with the body. The octagonal domed cover has a cone-shaped knob with a ventilation hole beside it. The sides of the pot are decorated with eight panels containing the following motifs: a medallion with a bearded head in profile to right over a fox carrying off a goose; Danae above a unicorn; a shield charged with a chevron and three fleurs-de-lys above a stag over a bird; the fable of the Fox and the Crane above Cupid riding a lion with a swan below. The cover is decorated with two rows of fan-like motifs and a border of small stylised plant motifs.


History note: Unidentified male owner near Royston; Mr Jolley, Cambridge, who sold it for £8 in July or August 1903 to Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 13 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


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

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Components of the work

Surface composed of salt-glaze Body Height 9 cm Width 9 cm
Spout To Handle Length 17.5 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.578 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 75565
Old object number: 2129
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 April 2022 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

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

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