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Coffee cup: C.584-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Factory: Unidentified Staffordshire factory




White stoneware, slip-cast with decoration in relief, and salt-glazed

White stoneware, slip-cast with decoration in relief, and salt-glazed. Circular with deep sides, standing on a footring; loop handle is reeded and has a pinched lower terminal. The exterior is decorated with eight panels containing: a shield charged with three animals and figures below; a fox stealing a goose, with a head in a wreath above; the fable of the Fox and the Crane, and Cupid on a lion; Danae amongst clouds above a unicorn; a huntsman with a hound; a shield above a stag with a bird below (very indistinct); a tea party scene with a large tea pot (very indistinct); and an imperial eagle, Below the rim there is a narrow border of fluting.


History note: Sotheby's, London, 17 December 1926, part of lot 36; bought with a teapot and four saucers for £3 by Hunt on behalf of Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 6.5 cm
Width: 8.4 cm

Relative size of this object

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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 - 1750


This was probably used for coffee or chocolate. The relief decoration is not well defined as on other examples of this form, which suggests that the mould had been used a good deal. The panels are in a different order from those on C.584-1928

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Surface composed of salt-glaze
Rim Diameter 6 cm

Materials used in production

White stoneware

Techniques used in production

Slip-casting : White stoneware,slip-cast with decoration in relief, and salt-glazed

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.584-1928
Primary reference Number: 75584
Old object number: 4982
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 5 February 2022 Last processed: Tuesday 22 November 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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