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Games board: C.1359-1928

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Pottery: unidentified English pottery




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue

Buff earthenware, tin-glazed and painted in blue. Square with a large pinhole in the glaze near the lower right front corner, a rounded triangular depression in the lower left back corner, and numerous pin-holes all over the back. The front is painted with a chequer pattern with four blue and four white squares in each row. The back is initialled and dated '.T.S./1723'.


History note: Edward Sheldon Collection, 12 St Paul's Road, Kersal, Salford, Manchester; bought from Mr Sheldon for £10 on 9 February, 1928 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 1.8 cm
Height: 22.2 cm
Width: 21.6 cm

Relative size of this object

21.6 cm22.2 cm1.8 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • England ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Early 18th Century
George I
Production date: dated AD 1723


Probably English, and could have been made in London, Bristol or Brislington

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue from cobalt)

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware
many pin-holes on the underside Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Earthenware rolled or batted out and cut into a square, tin-glazed and painted in blue

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: T.S./1723
  • Location: On back
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: white paper stick-on label, rectangular with cut corners and narrow blue-black line edging

  • Text: 4947/English delft/chessboard/with initials &/dateT.S/1723/bt from Mr Sheldon/on Feb. 8/1928
  • Location: On the back
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1359-1928
Primary reference Number: 94042
Old object number: 4947
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 22 November 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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