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Teapot: C.710 & A-1928

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: Unidentified Staffordshire Pottery




Earthenware with applied reliefs and blackish glaze.

Earthenware appearing dark brown covered with a thick, blackish glaze. The squat, globular wheel-throne body has a crabstock handle and three free, moulded to resemble paws with lion masks. The body is decorated with sprigged reliefs of vines, leaves and bunches of grapes, which bear traces of now-lost gilding. The lid also features sprigged vine motifs and the knob is a press-moulded flying bird. The feet are highlighted with white slip.


History note: Provenance unidentified before sale at Sotheby’s about 1898, when it was bought by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Width: 18.6 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Mid#
George II
George III
Circa 1750 CE - Circa 1765 CE


Black wares were typically produced by biscuit firing a dark red-brown clay body covered by a thick blackish-brown lead glaze. Sometimes the wares were further blackened through the use of a dark-coloured slip. Archaeological evidence suggests that black wares, particularly ones associated, like this teapot, with the preparation and drinking of tea, were among the most common products of many potters in Staffordshire and across England from around 1750 to 1765; in the later 1760s, there popularity declined significantly. The use on this teapot of simple vine motifs and a crabstock handle and spout is typical of black wares of the late 1750s and early 1760s.

Components of the work

Reliefs composed of gold ( only traces remain)
Body Without Lid Height 10.5 cm
Body With Lid Height 11.3 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.710 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 75875
Old catalogue number: 721
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 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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