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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Pottery: Unidentified Yorkshire Pottery (Probably)
Pottery: Unidentified Staffordshire Pottery (Possibly)
Decorator: Leeds Decorating Workshop




Creamware painted in red and black enamels with a lady beside a tomb, inscribed 'Solitude/is my/Choice'

Dark cream-coloured earthenware, with applied handle and moulded spout, knob, and terminals, and rouletted borders, lead-glazed, and painted in blue, green, yellow, red and black enamels. The cylindrical body has horizontal bands of rope-like rouletting round the base, shoulder and neck. The spout is moulded in relief with a sprays of foliage and with leaves round its junction with the body. Inside there are seven pierced holes to emit the tea. The two entwined double twist handles have flower and leaf terminals. The domed cover has a ventilation hole, and a band of rouletting round the edge. The applied knob is in the shape of a convolvulus flower with a small flower head and leaf terminal behind it, and a leaf with small flowers in front of it. One side of the pot is decorated in black and red with a bird flying towards a lady seated pensively beside a tomb on which are the words 'Solitude/is my/Choice' , On the other side there are Italianate buildings in a landscape with two trees. The shoulder has four sprays of stylized flowers and foliage. The termals of the handle are painted in blue, green, and yellow. The cover is decorated with similar buildings and schematic flying birds. The knob and its terminals are painted to match those on the handle.


History note: Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor, St Andrew’s, Fife; Sir Ivor died on 24 April 2005; ; on loan since 2006 (Syndicate of 30 January); Lady Batchelor, died 2014

Legal notes

Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor Bequest through The Art Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 13 cm
Length: 19.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Leeds (Yorks.) ⪼ Yorkshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (2015-04-27) by Batchelor, Ivor, Sir and Lady


18th Century, third quarter
George III
Circa 1770 CE - 1780 CE


The enamelled decoration on this pot is characteristic of the work of the Leeds decorating workshop which between 1769-77 was run by Jasper Robinson.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue, green, yellow, red, black)
Body Diameter 10 cm

Materials used in production

dark cream Earthenware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Solitude/is my/Choice
  • Location: On one side
  • Method of creation: Painted in black enamel
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: rectangular white paper stick-on label

  • Text: 69
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.35 & A-2015
Primary reference Number: 201599
Old object number: 69
Entry form number: 648
Old loan number: AAL.36 & A-2006
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 2 June 2015 Updated: Wednesday 27 March 2019 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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