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Blue jasper tea set


Pottery: Adams, William




Blue jasper ware, decorated with white sprigs.

Tray, teapot, cup, saucer, sugar basin and milk jug. All pieces in solid jasper ware, except cup and saucer which are coated. Sprigged classical scenes on tapot, sugar and milk, palmette design on cup and saucer, geometric pattern on tray [see separate entries for description of each part]


History note: Given as a wedding present to Mrs Kitchener (Mrs Peile’s grandmother), in 1800

Legal notes

Given by Mrs Kempthorne in memory of Dr and Mrs Peile

Place(s) associated

  • Tunstall ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1942-09-08) by Kempthorne, Mrs


18th Century, Late
Production date: circa AD 1799


Jasper, an unglazed fine stoneware with an impervious surface sheen, was introduced by Wedgwood in the mid 1770s. Other factories, notably Turners of Lane End, soon produced their own versions. Jasper was made in white or solid colour, often blue, and later by dipping in coloured slip (as this cup & saucer). The coloured body was often decorated with sprigs - designs formed in small plaster, clay or brass moulds – applied when the clay was leather hard. Adams is known to have bought sprig moulds in the Turner bankrupcy sale of 1806, though this set is earlier.

William Adams ran a pot works in Tunstall from 1779 until his death in 1805; the business then continued under his son Benjamin until 1821. They produced a wide range of products, but particularly stoneware and jasperware jugs and mugs featuring neo-classical, hunting or contemporary scenes. In jasper they made ornamental vases, candlesticks, cameos and medallions, as well as tea sets and more unusual shapes.

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Components of the work

Tray Diameter 14.5 in Height 1 in
Saucer Height 1.125 in
Cup Height 1.325 in Width 3.125 in
Teapot Height 5.5 in Width 8.25 in
Sugar Height 5 in Width 4.5 in
Milk Height 5 in Width 4.625 in

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Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.31-1942
Primary reference Number: 76944
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 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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