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Teapot: C.616 & A-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Factory: Wedgwood, Aaron (Possibly)




White stoneware, coated with blue slip, salt-glazed and painted in unfired colours with ‘japanned’ flowers; ‘Littler-Wedgwood blue’ ware

White stoneware, coated with blue slip, salt-glazed and painted with cold painted colours, including red and gold. The teapot has a globular body, a crabstock handle and spout with seven holes in the wall behind it to emit the tea, and a shallow circular cover with a globular knob pierced by a ventilation hole. Both sides of the body, the shoulder, and the top of the cover are decorated with flowers and foliage which have faded and worn partially away.


History note: Mr Marshall Box, Woodlands, 14 Magrath Avenue, Cambridge; sold to Stanley Woolston , Cambridge, from whom bought on 13 February 1923 for £15 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 10 cm
Length: 22 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Brownhills ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


George II
George III
Circa 1750 CE - 1765 CE


Blue salt-glazed stoneware appears to have been developed about 1749-50 by Aaron Wedgwood and William Littler, who were both salt-glazed stoneware potters in Burslem, but although brothers-in-law, not in partnership. Littler moved to Longton Hall to make porcelain in 1751, and remained there until 1760.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of slip ( blue)
Surface composed of salt-glaze

Materials used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.616 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 75649
Old object number: 4097
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 22 February 2022 Last processed: Wednesday 11 January 2023

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

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