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Teapot: C.615 & A-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Factory: Wedgwood, Aaron (Possibly)




White stoneware with applied relief decoration, coated with blue dip and salt-glazed; Littler-Wedgwood blue.

White stoneware, the body thrown, the spout, handle and knob press-moulded, with applied moulded relief decoration on the body and cover, coated with a dip containing cobalt, and salt-glazed. There are four holes pierced in the body behind the spout. Remnants of oil gilding remains on the reliefs and on one side; also over a fault on the lower part of the handle. The pot has a globular body standing on a circular foot, a crabstock handle and spout, and an almost flat cover with a bird-shaped knob. Each side of the pot is decorated with a vertical vine spray, and there is a leaf and two small bunches of grapes on the top of the cover. The blue dip covers part of the foot and has run round the shoulder inside.


History note: Bonham's, London, 16 December 1903; bought by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 8 cm
Length: 15 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Brownhills ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

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 1750 CE - 1765 CE


White salt-glazed stoneware coloured blue overall on the exterior is known as Littler-Wedgwood blue because William Pitt writing in 1817 and Samuel Shaw in 1829 associated it with William Littler and his brother-in-law, Aaron Wedgwood. Both were salt-glazed stoneware potters in the late 1740s, but from c. 1751 to 1760 Littler was making porcelain at Longton Hall, and by 1764 was doing so at West Pans in Scotland. There are several documentary references and advertisements mentioning blue ware during the 1750s. See Documention.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of slip ( coloured cobalt-blue)
Base Diameter 5.8 cm

Materials used in production

white Stoneware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular white paper label with a blue line border and a plant motif in the two top corners

  • Text: Blue Staf/fordshire salt/glaze (the blue/under the glaze)/Camb from/abroad. b. at/a salt at Bon/ham's Dec. 16/1903
  • Location: Inside pot
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.615 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 75648
Old object number: 1966
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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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