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Ink pot: EC.27-1941

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Pottery: Unidentified Liverpool pottery




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue with flowers and an insription

Buff earthenware, pierced, tin-glazed bluish-white and painted in blue. Circular with straight sides, a slightly sloping shoulder pierced by four holes for quills, and a domed upper part with a cyldinrical mouth. The sides are decorated with flowers, foliage, and a flying insect. The shoulder is encircled by four panels of trellis diaper. The domed area is inscribed 'Samuel Gardner. London W.G: Fecit. 1756.'


History note: F. Bennett-Goldney; sold Puttick and Simpson, 4 March, 1920, lot 46; Cecil Baring, 3rd Lord Revelstoke (d. 1934); sold Puttick & Simpson, 17 May, 1935, lot 117; Dr and Mrs H. Bellamy Gardener; Sotheby's, 12 June 1941, Catalogue of the Celebrated Collection of Chelsea Porcelain, English Ceramics and Enamels, the property of Dr and Mrs Bellamy Gardner, lot 98

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 9.3 cm
Diameter: 3 5/8 in
Height: 8.8 cm
Height: 3½ in

Place(s) associated

  • Liverpool ⪼ Lancashire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1941-12-06) by Sotheby's


Mid 18th Century
George II
Production date: dated AD 1756


The initials could stand for William Griffith, who ran the Lambeth High Street pottery from about 1740 until 1761 when he died.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of cobalt

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware
slightly blue Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Samuel Gardner. London W.G: Fecit. 1756.
  • Location: On upper part of exterior
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.27-1941
Primary reference Number: 76927
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 16 February 2021 Last processed: Saturday 15 January 2022

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

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