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Bird feeder: Gl.C.72-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Production: Donyatt Pottery




Pale red earthenware, coated with white slip, with incised decoration under pale yellow lead glaze. Back unglazed. The feeder is circular with a crinkled edge (49 crinkles), and has deep curved sides with a cup-like projection in the centre. In the hollow round the centre, there are three birds, a tulip and various formal flower motives, a heart, a bow, and the initials and date 'H.F. 1725'. On the rim is a chain pattern border.


History note: Mr F. A. Bishop, 16, Market Place, Bideford, by whom sent on approval to Cambridge, and purchased for £20 on 20 February 1923 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge.

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 37.1 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Donyatt ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Early#
George I
Production date: AD 1725 : dated

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Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: H.F.
  • Location: In the hollow round the centre
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Initials
  • Text: 1725
  • Location: In the hollow round the centre
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Date

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Identification numbers

Accession number: Gl.C.72-1928
Primary reference Number: 77102
Glaisher MS Catalogue: 4109
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 14 February 2017 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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