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Sugar basin: C.75 & A-1997

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Current Location: In storage


Production: Sewell, Joseph
Production: Sewell & Donkin




Yellow-glazed earthenware sugar basin and cover, bat-printed onglaze in brownish-red with, on the basin, a couple taking tea, and a man fishing from a boat, and on the cover, two vignettes of a building in a landscape.

Sugar basin and cover. Yellow-glazed earthenware, bat-printed onglaze in brownish-red, and painted in brownish-red enamel. Circular with deep rounded sides and low spreading foot. On each side there is an applied ram's head mask. The circular cover rises slightly in the middle and then rises sharply upwards to a small platform on which is a cone-shaped finial. One side of the basin is decorated with a couple taking tea out-of-doors. They sit on a settee with a circular tea table in front of them, accompanied by a small dog who sits expectantly on the right. Behind them there is a tree and on the right, part of a balustrade and plants. On the left, a servant stands pouring water from a kettle into a teapot. On the other side is a landscape with a man fishing from a boat, and in the background, a tower house, a windmill and a church. On the cover there are two prints of a building in a landscape, one smaller than the other. There are red enamel bands round the foot and rim of the basin, the rim and round the central area of the cover, and more thickly round the top of the finial. The edges of the ram's mask on each side is edged with red enamel.

Legal notes

Given by G.H.W. Rylands in memory of his mother, Betha Wolferstan Rylands.

Measurements and weight

Height: 13.8 cm
Width: 10.2 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • St Anthony's Pottery ⪼ Newcastle-upon-Tyne ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1997) by Rylands, G.H.W.


Early 19th Century
Circa 1815 CE - 1825 CE


Probably part of the same tea set as C.45-1997, C.73-1997, C.74 & A-1997, C.76-1997.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of ceramic printing colour ( red)
Banding composed of enamel ( red)
Foot Diameter 6.7 cm
Cover Diameter 9.9 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Lead-glazing : Yellow-glazed earthenware, bat-printed onglaze in brownish-red, and painted in brownish-red enamel.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: and an impressed circle, perhaps a 6 or 9

  • Text: x
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: The basin arrived with a tie-on label inscribed in black biro

  • Text: St Anthony's Pottery, Newcastle/c 1815 Sugar pot/Chip to lid/£175/19.11 HSSMD
  • Method of creation: In black biro
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.75 & A-1997
Primary reference Number: 75969
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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