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Teapot: C.601 & A-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Factory: Unidentified Staffordshire Pottery




Salt-glazed stoneware with floral decoration in the famille rose style.

White stoneware salt-glazed and painted overglaze in yellow, orange, pink, blue, green, brown and black enamels. The pear-shaped teapot has an applied loop handle and a slightly curved spout. The lid has an acorn knob. The teapot is painted on both sides with a flowering branch, dominated by a large pink flower. Around the mouth of the teapot is a border of half-flowers; the rim of the lid is bordered with the corresponding other halves of the flowers. The lid also has a floral spray either side of the handle. The handle, spout and knob are painted brown.


History note: Provenance unidentified before collection of W. L. Chew of Hankelow Court, Audlem, Cheshire; bought by Mr Stoner for 17 guineas as Lot 15 in the sale of the Chew collection on 15 June 1910 on behalf of Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest.

Measurements and weight

Width: 12.1 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, third quarter#
George II
George III
Circa 1755 CE - Circa 1765 CE


The teapot is decorated in imitation of Chinese 'famille rose' style porcelain. This style was characterised by soft colours, including notably a rose-pink, which this teapot imitates particularly well. Famille rose porcelain was produced in China specifically for the Western market, where Oriental wares were viewed as the height of fashion. However, they were also very expensive. English potters produced objects like this teapot in the cheaper material of salt-glazed stoneware for middle class customers who could not afford genuine Chinese porcelain.

School or Style

famille rose

Components of the work

Body With Lid Height 10.4 cm
Body Without Lid Height 8.4 cm

Materials used in production

white Stoneware

Techniques used in production

Painting overglaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: stick-on octagonal white paper collector’s label with blue-border; illegible in places, some parts of the label missing entirely

  • Text: No.3125 Small salt-glaze teapot and cover Painted with flowers in good colours\'85 brown handle and spout\'85 b. at\'85 June 1910
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Handwritten in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.601 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 75617
Old catalogue number: 3125
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 22 February 2022 Last processed: Friday 15 December 2023

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

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