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Chamber pot: C.1728-1928

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Object information

Tin-glazed earthenware painted overglaze in blue, yellow, pink, white, brown and green enamels

Buff eathenware, thrown with applied handle, tin-glazed and painted overglaze in blue, yellow, pink, white, brown and green enamels. Circular with curved sides, and a loop handle on one side. Decorated on the outside with Chinese ladies among flowering plants, with rocks, a fence, and a Chinese style floral border. The inside is decorated with a floral spray.

Mr W.T. Laurence; sold to Mr Phillips of Hitchin in October or November 1907. He sold it to Dr.G.A.S. Schneider of Cambridge, who sold it to Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Named entities

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Acquisition and important dates

  • Method of acquisition: Bequeathed
  • Dates: 1928-12-07




The decoration of this chamber pot and the adjacent water bottle imitates the Chinese famille rose palette, and is close in style to enamelling on Staffordshire white salt-glazed stoneware. They are unusual in being executed in enamels, a technique common on Continental faience, but rare on English delftware.

An extremely rare example of enamelled English delftware. Its decoration is very close to a water bottle, C.1727-1928. They were probably made at Liverpool and sent to Staffordshire to be enamelled, possibly in Cobridge.

Place(s) associated

  • Liverpool ⪼ Cheshire ⪼ England
  • Cobridge ⪼ north Staffordshire ⪼ England

Measurements and weight

  • Height: 11 cm
  • Width: 24 cm

Subjects depicted

Components of the work

  • Decoration composed of enamel ( blue, yellow, pink, white, brown and green)
  • Handle

Materials used in production

Techniques used in production

  • Throwing : Buff earthenware, thrown with applied handle, tin-glazed greenish-white, and painted overglaze in blue, yellow, pink, white, brown and green enamels
  • Tin-glazing

Associated department: Applied Arts

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Identification numbers

  • Accession number: C.1728-1928
  • Primary reference Number: 138449
  • Old object number: 2885
  • Stable URI

Audit data

  • Created: Saturday 6 August 2011
  • Updated: Tuesday 16 February 2021
  • Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021
  • Data source: Adlib

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