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Tureen in the form of a Cabbage with Caterpillars: C.2392 & A-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Tureen in the form of a Cabbage with Caterpillars


Production: Unidentified Brussels factory (Probably)
Production: Unidentified Delft factory (Possibly)




Tin-glazed earthen ware, painted in pale blue, greysh-green, and yellow except for the interior of both parts. The tureen is in the shape of a cabbage. The lower part is moulded with applied cabbage leaves in relief, on which are two applied caterpillars. The domed cover has six applied cabbage leaves three of which curl outwards, and one applied caterpillar near the centre.


History note: Said to have come from Uppingham when bought in Leicester on 14 June 1895 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 28 cm
Height: 15.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Brussels ⪼ Belgium
  • Delft ⪼ Holland ⪼ United Provinces of the Netherlands

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, second half#
Circa 1750 CE - 1780 CE


The place of manufacture of this tureen is uncertain. Dr Glaisher described it as 'Delft' in his own catalogue, but may have meant this to denote tin-glazed earthenware rather than made in Delft. Cabbage tureens were also made in Brussels in the mid 18th century where there were two faience factories: the Mombaers factory in the rue de Laeken; and from 1751 a factory founded in the rue de la Montagne by Jacques Artoisenet, and continued after his death four years later by his widow, Jeanne-Marie Van den Berghen. In 1764 his son by his first marriage, Joseph-Philippe Artoisenet, took over the factory. Both facgtories produced naturalistic tableware.

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Components of the work

Dcoration composed of high-temperature colour ( pale greyish-green and yellow)

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2392 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 76746
Old object number: 290
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 1 September 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

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

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