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Plate: C.1071-1928

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Leeds Pottery (Production)


Pearlware plate transfer-printed underglaze in blue with 'Long Bridge' pattern

White earthenware, moulded, transfer-printed in cobalt-blue, under slightly blue tinted lead-glaze (pearlware). The plate is circular with eight shallow scallops round the edge, a narrow rim, curved sides and almost flat centre. The well is occupied by a version of the Chinese-style 'Willow Pattern', known as 'Long Bridge' pattern, which features two figures crossing a bridge between two buildings, a boat in the forground, two very small boats on the water between the bridge and a distant island at the top of the scene. A narrow honeycomb border encircles the scene, and on the rim there is a wider Chinese-style border incorporating panels of diaper patterns, interspersed with foliage.


History note: W F. Greenwood & Sons 24 Stonegate York, from whom bought for 10s.0d. on 20 July 1911 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 20.6 cm
Height: 2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Leeds (Yorks.) ⪼ Yorkshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 18th-early 19th century
Circa 1790 CE - 1820 1820 CE


The Leeds Pottery opened in 1780. The date of the introduction of transfer-printing underglaze in blue has not been discovered, but by 1791 the factory was in possession of copper plates which were used for printing the designs to be transferred to the ware. Marks are not common on Leeds Pottery.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration: composed of ceramic printing colour ( cobalt)

Materials used in production

slightly tinted blue Lead-glaze white Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : White earthenware, transfer-printed in blue, and covered overall with blue-tinted lead-glaze (china glaze)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: dot between words is raised

  • Location: In centre of base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Factory mark
  • Text: C (G?)
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1071-1928
Primary reference Number: 71266
Old object number: 3424
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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