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Teapot: C.602 & A-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Production: Unidentified Staffordshire factory




Salt-glazed stoneware with famille rose style decoration in polychrome enamels.

White salt-glazed stoneware painted overglaze in pink, green, blue, red, orange, yellow and black enamels. The bulbous teapot has a crabstock handle and spout. The lid has a bent twig handle. The decoration imitates Chinese famille rose style porcelain. On each side is a scroll, partly unrolled to reveal a vase with flowers and ribbons. The scroll is flanked by floral sprays. Round the mouth of the pot, is a narrow green diaper border broken by four small oblong panels containing a flower. The cover has a similar but wider border enclosing two small floral sprays. The handle and spout are decorated with green spots here and there.


History note: An executor’s sale at Maidenhead in late July 1906; bought by Sargent and Fisher, Palmer Street, Westminster;, sold by them for £8 on 3 August 1906 to Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest.

Measurements and weight

Width: 19.1 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


With its oriental-style scroll and pink flowers, the decoration of the teapot imitates so-called 'famille rose' porcelain. 'Famille rose' porcelain was produced in China in the 18th-century for the Western market and is characterised by the use of soft colours, including rose pink. Staffordshire potters produced relatively cheap salt-glazed stoneware inspired by Chinese porcelain for the middle classes, who could not afford genuine Oriental wares as these were very expensive and available only to the very wealthy.

School or Style

famille rose

Components of the work

Body With Lid Height 11.2 cm
Body Without Lid Height 9.5 cm

Materials used in production

White stoneware

Techniques used in production

Painting overglaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: stick-on rectangular white paper collector’s label with blue line border having a trefoil motif in each top corner

  • Text: No 2578./Coloured salt/glaze teapot and/cover.. Chinese/style of design./b. in London Aug/3 1906 (Came from/Maidenhead)
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Handwritten in black ink
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: rectangular olive-green card

  • Text: Salt-glaze tea-pot; painted in imitation/of Chinese famille rose porcelain./602. Staffordshire, about 1755.
  • Location: Loose in bowl of teapot
  • Method of creation: Handwritten in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.602 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 75624
Old catalogue number: 2578
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 22 February 2022 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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

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