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Teapot: C.586 & A-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Production: Unidentified Staffordshire factory




White salt-glazed stoneware teapot on three feet, decorated with a large shell on both sides

White stoneware, with slip-cast body, applied moulded parts, and salt-glaze. The bulbous pear-shaped pot stands on three shell and paw feet, and has a slender curved spout with a bird's head at the top, and a rolled loop handle with three pairs of horizontal cuts in it, and a slight kick at the lower end. The oval, domed cover has a capstan-shaped, flat-topped knob with a piercd ventilation hole beside it. The body of the pot is decorated in relief on both sides with a large pecten shell, flanked by dolphins at the top. On one side of the hinge of the shell there is a male head with a semi-circular scrolled headdress., and on the other side, a semi-circle filled with two large and two small flowers and stylized foliage. The oval domed cover is decorated with two shell motifs and two flowers.


History note: Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson, Bournemouth in January 1917 and received at Cambridge on 17 January by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge.

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Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 10 cm
Length: 11.5 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 - 1755


Shell motifs were a popular form of decoration on white salt-glazed stoneware teawares, including teapots, milk jugs, and sugar basins. A comparable shell teapot with lion's mask and paw feet is C. 585 & A-1928.

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Components of the work

Surface composed of salt-glaze
Cover Length 5 cm

Materials used in production

White stoneware

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular white paper stick-on label with upper corners cut and a blue line round all but the lower side

  • Text: 4652/Small white salt-/glazed teapot & cover./(shell pattern)./Given me at Bourn-/mouth. January 1907
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.586 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 75587
Old object number: 4652
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 19 April 2022 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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