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Drainer: C.8E-1977

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Factory: Spode
Engraver: Kirk, Thomas (After)




White earthenware, transfer-printed underglaze in blue with Greek pattern

White earthenware drainer, moulded in a circular shape with a twisted handle, transfer-printed underglaze in blue. The drainer has shallow, sloping sides to a flat centre and one bevelled, arching handle, raised inside the right-hand edge. The centre has four sets of four holes circling a central set of five holes and the base has a footrim with three equally spaced arches. Decorated with a small, central medallion enclosing a crowned rider on horseback, reserved in a blue ground and bordered by a circle of four-petalled flowers between two scalloped lines. The rim is decorated with two urns, alternated with two, shaped reserves, each featuring classical scenes. The spaces between the urns and reserves are decorated with fruit and flowers, reserved in a blue ground.


History note: History of object unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Mrs H.D. Weatherhead in memory of her son, A.J.B. Weatherhead, Clare College

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 8.5 cm
Height (to Edge): 2 cm
Height (to Handle): 2.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Stoke ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1977-04-21) by Weatherhead, H. D., Mrs


19th Century, Early#
Circa 1806 CE - 1833 CE


The designs for the Greek pattern service were derived from 'Outlines from the Figures and Compositions upon the Greek. Roman and Etruscan Vases of the late Sir William Hamilton, with engrave borders. Drawn and engraved by the late Mr Kirk, 1804. The Greek pattern design was introduced in 1806.

School or Style

Greek Revival

Components of the work

Decoration composed of cobalt-blue

Materials used in production

presumed lead-glaze Lead-glaze

Techniques used in production

Moulding : White earthenware, moulded, and transfer-printed underglaze in blue
Glazing (coating)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.8E-1977
Primary reference Number: 76316
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 6 March 2019 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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