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Tea bowl: C.76 & A-1997

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Sewell, Joseph (Production)


Yellow-glazed earthenware tea bowl and saucer, bat-printed onglaze brownish-red with a couple taking tea out-of-doors. Red enamel bands round rim and foot.

Tea bowl. Yellow-glazed earthenware, bat-printed onglaze in red, and painted in brownish-red enamel. Circular deep-sided cup standing on a footring. Circular saucer with deep, curved sides, standing on a footring. The cup is decorated on both sides with a couple taking tea out-of-doors. They sit on a settee with a circular tea table in fron of them, accompanied by a small dog who sits expectantly on the right. Behind them is a tree, and on the right, part of a balustrade and some plants. On the left, a servant stands pouring water from a kettle into a tea pot. There is a broad brownish-red band round the foot and rim, and a narrow band round the interior, about a third of the way down. The interior of the saucer is decorated with a similar subject, differing in small details. It is surrounded by a narrow band and there is wider band round the rim.

Legal notes

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

Place(s) associated

  • Newcastle-upon-Tyne ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Early 19th Century
Circa 1815 CE - 1820 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of ceramic printing colour ( red) Banding composed of enamel ( red) Saucer Diameter 12.6 cm Height 3.1 cm
Cup Diameter 7.8 cm Height 4.7 cm

Materials used in production

yellow Lead-glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production

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

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: a rectangular label with a red stripe on one side

  • Text: 30
  • Location: On cup
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: a rectangular label with a red stripe on one side

  • Text: 31
  • Location: On saucer
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil
  • Type: Label
  • Text: SEWELL
  • Location: On saucer base
  • Method of creation: Impressed faintly
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.76 & A-1997
Primary reference Number: 76015
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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