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Teapot: C.609 & A-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Production: Unidentified Staffordshire factory




White salt-glazed stoneware decorated with applied moulded reliefs, and painted in pale polychrome enamels

White stoneware, with applied spout and handles, applied moulded decoration, salt-glaze, and painting in blue, green, yellow, dark pink, and brown enamels; the handles and spout green overall. The pot has a globular body with a crabstock handle and spout, and a shallow circular cover with a ventilation hole and a small bent crabstock twig handle. There are five holes in the body behind the spout to emit the tea. On both sides of the body, an Oriental style flowering branch extends to right and left from the handle and a smaller branches from the spout. At the junction of one end of the handle on the cover thee is an applied twig with a leaf, dark pink berries and yellow flower.


History note: Mr J.W. Ford, Enfield; Sotheby’s Ford sale, second portion, 22 May 1908, lot 37, sold for £6 to Mr Stoner, London, from whom purchased for £10.10s.0d. on 25 May, 1908 by 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: 20.3 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 - 1765

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, green, yellow, pink, and brown)
Base Diameter 7 cm
Handle, Spout, Knob

Materials used in production

White stoneware

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular white paper stick-on label with blue line border on three sides and a small plant motif in two top corners

  • Text: No 2854/Large globular/salt-glaze teapot/and cover with/raised decoration/delicately coloured/and green handle/and spout./from the Ford/sale at Sotheb's/May 22 1908
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink, faded to brown
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: circular white paper stick-on label with printed circle enclosing printed wording in circle and hand-written number in the centre

  • Text: .J.W.L. GLAISHER.COLLECTION printed 2851 hand-written
  • Location: Inside cover
  • Method of creation: Prnted in black and hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.609 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 75631
Old object number: 2851
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 26 April 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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