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Teapot: C.604 & A-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Production: Unidentified Staffordshire Pottery




White salt-glazed stoneware painted in polychrome enamels with heart-shaped reserves containing respectively Cupid firing arrows at winged hearts, and Cupid firing an arrow at a lady seated beside a ruined arcade

Off-white stoneware, thrown, with applied moulded spout and handle, salt glazed, and painted in blue, green, yellow, pink, brownish-red, and black enamels. Globular with a reeded looped handle, and a hexagonal spout with panels of relief patterns, two of different basket weaves and the rest of geometrical and plant motifs. The almost flat lid has a ventilation hole and a squat, vase shaped, finial. Both sides of the pot are painted with a heart shaped panel, outlined in black and pink, with two arrows crossed behind it, and at top centre Hymen's torch. In one panel, a woman wearing a red bodice with blue cuffs, a yellow skirt and pale blue apron, is seated leaning her head on her hand, on the lower part of a ruined arcade with pink, yellow, and blue stonework. In front of her is a small area of water with a flowering plant on the left. In the sky above it Cupid flies towards her loosing an arrow from his bow, with four tiny birds on either side of him. In the other panel, Cupid flies over clouds, holding a bow and arrow pointed at a group of three winged hearts to his left. Above these are five birds, and to his right is a butterfly and four birds all over a band of pale blue sky. The area immediately around the panels, handle and spout are white with a wavy black border. The rest of the pot has a dark green ground with reserved white circles enclosing brownish-red crescents. Above the spout and handle are blue and yellow flowers, which match up with flowers on the lid, which is decorated to match the body of the pot. The knob is undecorated.


History note: W.L. Chew, Audlem, Cheshire; sold 15 June, 1910, 'Old English Pottery and Porcelain formed by the late W L Chew, Esq. Deceased late of Hankelow Court, Audlem, Cheshire', lot 13; bought by Mr Stoner for 23 guineas, with a one guinea commission on behalf of Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 12.3 cm
Length: 18.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Mid
George III
Circa 1760 - 1765

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue, pale blue, dark green, yellow, pink, brownish-red, and black)
Surface composed of salt-glaze
Cover Diameter 6.3 cm Height 3.5 cm
Spout And Handle

Materials used in production

white Stoneware

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.604 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 75626
Old object number: 3126
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 15 December 2023 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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