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Unidentified Staffordshire Pottery (Production)


White salt-glazed stoneware painted in enamels with an Oriental lady in a garden

Off-white stoneware, thrown, turned, salt-glazed, and painted in olive-green, pink, brown, bluish-grey, and black. The mug is bell shaped, with a reeded loop handle, and stands on a foot. The sides are painted with an Oriental woman, in a bluish-grey skirt and brown coat, flanked by flowering plants growing on rocks. The top half of the handle is decorated in brown, with two sets of brown arrows and dashes pointing towards a dot, with an arrow and dash beneath.


History note: The Rt Hon. Samuel Montagu, First Lord Swaythling (1832-1911). Sold Christie's, 8 May 1924, The Swaythling Heirlooms, sold by order of the Trustees of the Rt Hon Montagu, First Lord Swaythling deceased, being part of the Swaythling heirlooms, lot 53 (also including Glaisher numbers 4407 and 4408); bought by Frank Partridge on behalf of Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge, for 15½ guineas

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 7.5 cm
Height: 9.8 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Mid 18th Century
George II
George III
Circa 1755 CE - 1765 1765 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration: composed of enamel Surface: composed of salt-glaze Whole Including Handle: Width 10.1 cm

Materials used in production

white Stoneware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Saltglaze mug/delicately painted/in colours with/a standing woman & flowers and/plants/B. at Christies/May 8 1924. Swaythling heirloom
  • Location: Base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in ink
  • Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.610-1928
Primary reference Number: 75633
Old object number: 4406
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 5 September 2017 Last processed: Sunday 16 January 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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