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Unidentified Staffordshire Pottery (Pottery)


Salt-glazed stoneware with famille rose style decoration in coloured 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 twig handle. Decorated in the famille rose style. 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 and the edge of the lid is a narrow green diaper border broken by flowers. On the handle and spout are green spots.


History note: An executor’s sale at Maidenhead in late July 1906 bought by Sargent and Fisher, Palmer Street, Westminster; Sargent and Fisher, sold for £8 on 2 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


Third quarter of 18th century
George II
George III
Circa 1755 CE - Circa 1765 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 Rococo

Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

Enamels White stoneware Salt-glaze

Techniques used in production

Painting overglaze Salt-glazed

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: stick-on rectangular white paper collector’s label with blue border

  • Text: “No2578. Coloured salt-glaze teapot. Chinese style of design. b. in London Aug 3 1906 (Came from Maidenhead)”
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Handwritten in black ink
  • 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
  • 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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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Friday 21 January 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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