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‘Copper’ goblet’: C.59-1997

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Current Location: In storage


‘Copper’ goblet’


Production: Unidentified factory (Probably)




Red earthenware, glazed and decorated with copper and pink lustres, and green, red and black enamels.

Goblet, with a deep, rounded, flat-bottomed bowl, short stem with a central anulet, and stepped and slightly domed circular foot. Decorated overall with copper lustre, except for a reserved band of white slip round the bowl, which is decorated with a black stem bearing pink lustre roses, pairs of green leaves, red berries and pink lustre tendrils. The underside is indented, glazed and lustres, with a foot-rim.


History note: G.H.W. Rylands

Legal notes

Given by G.H.W. Rylands in memory of his mother, Betha Wolferstan Rylands.

Measurements and weight

Height: 10.6 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1997) by Rylands, G.H.W.


19th Century
Circa 1830 CE - 1840 CE


English lustreware was commercially produced from c.1805 and popular throughout the first half of the 19th Century. Staffordshire potters were the first and largest producers, though similar wares were also made in other regions and pink lustreware is often particularly associated with Sunderland. Minute amounts of gold were used to produce copper, gold, pink or purple lustre, depending on the type of clay, lustre formula, number of layers and firing temperature; platinum was used to mimic silver. Copper lustre was a popular choice for highlighting moulded wares and for broad borders covering the neck rim and handle. By c.1830 it was used to mimic the metal itself, by dipping the whole vessel into the lustre, perhaps with a relief or reserved band of decoration.

Most lustreware was made for everyday use, and factory markings are rare.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( green, red and black) lustre ( with copper and pink)
Foot Diameter 7.3 cm
Bowl Diameter 8.8 cm

Materials used in production

Red earthenware

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.59-1997
Primary reference Number: 75601
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 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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