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Dish drainer: C.9-1991

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Pottery: Lambeth High Street Pottery (Probably)
Proprietor of pottery: Morgan, Thomas
Proprietor of pottery: Griffith, Abigail
Proprietor of pottery: Gurney, George and John




Tin-glazed earthenware, painted in blue with flower motifs, spirals and points, and concentrically pierced with circular and heart-shaped holes.\par

Tin-glazed earthenware, painted in blue. Circular, slightly convex form, pierced in the centre with a large circular hole, surrounded by forty-one smaller holes: a circle of smaller circular holes, a circle of hearts, another circle of circular holes and another circle of hearts. Decorated in the centre with a star-like motif surrounded by two large and two small sprays of flowers; on the edge, a formal border of points and spirals interrupted at four points by a plant.


History note: Christie's, 7 November, 1977, lot 27; Robert and Elizabeth Hirsch Collection; Mrs Elizabeth Hirsch, Cambridge

Legal notes

Given from the Robert and Elizabeth Hirsch Collection

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 30.9 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ Surrey ⪼ England
  • Lambeth ⪼ Surrey ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1991-01-21) by Robert and Elizabeth Hirsch Collection


18th Century, Late
George III
Circa 1780 CE - 1785 CE


Probably made at Lambeth High Street, under the management of Thomas Morgan and Abigail Griffith or George and John Gurney

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( cobalt-blue)
Minimum Height 1.1 cm
Maximum Height 1.5 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Earthenware, pierced with a large central circular hole surrounded by forty-one smaller circular and heart-shaped holes, tin-glazed and painted in blue

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: square label

  • Text: 'ROBERT HIRSCH COLLECTION', and 'No' and written 'ED 808'
  • Location: On back
  • Method of creation: Printed in black
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: circular label

  • Text: 'ROBERT & ELIZABETH HIRSCH COLLECTION', enclosing 'R.No 18' and 'E/No 17' and written 'ED 808'.
  • Location: On back
  • Method of creation: Printed in black with reserve
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: on strip of tape

  • Text: 'BT. CHRISTIES 11.77 LAMBETH CA. 1780 ACC. TO L. LIPSKY' and 'TT/22'
  • Location: On back
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.9-1991
Primary reference Number: 76379
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 16 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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