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Unidentified Staffordshire Pottery (Production)


White salt-glazed stoneware, decorated with a drinking scene entitled ‘MIDNIGHT CONVERSATION’ after Hogarth, the arms of the Bertie, Hale, Leveson-Gower and Vane, various animals and birds

Greyish-white stoneware, slip cast with integral relief decoration, and salt-glazed. Cylindrical with an applied broad strap handle with a kick at the lower end. The body has a projecting band about 2 cm from the bottom, below which is a border of acorns and foliage. The area above is divided into three main panels. The central panel contains a crude representation of a punch-drinking scene after the print, 'A Midnight Modern Conversation, by William Hogarth. This is flanked by panels containing shields within wreaths, bearing the arms of Bertie, Hales, Leveson-Gower and Fane or Vane, with below eagles and other birds, antelopes, a monkey, crocodiles and fishes. On the back of the handle there are vines and a bird.


History note: Reynolds Collection; T. Russel Kent Esq, deceased, late of Suffolk Place, Pall Mall S.W; sold Sotheby, 29 January 1909, part of lot 15; sold to Mr Stoner on behalf of Dr Glaisher for 31 guineas; bought from him for £37.11s.0d. by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 15.5 cm
Width: 15.1 cm

Relative size of this object

15.1 cm15.5 cm What does this represent?

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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 1750 CE - 1755 1755 CE


The arms are of families whose members were involved in politics and governments of the 1740s and 1750s. Granville Leveson-Gower (1721-1803) was appointed Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire in 1755. Another mug with these coats-of-arms has on the front a bust of George II and an integrally moulded inscription 'GOD SAVE THE/KING AND MY MASTER'.

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Components of the work

Surface: composed of salt-glaze Body: Diameter 10.2 cm

Materials used in production

white Stoneware

Techniques used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.589-1928
Primary reference Number: 75590
Old object number: 3038
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Sunday 21 November 2021 Last processed: Sunday 16 January 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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