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Water bottle: C.1553-1928

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Probably Unidentified Liverpool pottery (Pottery)
Perhaps unidentified London pottery (Pottery)
Perhaps Unidentified Bristol pottery (Pottery)


Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue with a Chinese figure in a landscape

Buff eathenware, thrown, tin-glazed bluish-white, and painted in blue. The bottle has a bulbous body with a tall slender neck and a shallow cup-shaped mouth with a pinched lip on one side. The lower part is decorated with a Chinese style landscape with a tree, flowering plants, a fence, houses, a standing figure on a bridge, and a detached floral spray. On the shoulder there is a band of diaper ornament, broken by four blue panels with reserved leaves. On the neck there is a spray of flowers, and on the underside of the mouth a narrow border of slanting leaves.


History note: Unknown before Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 14.7 cm
Diameter: 5.75 in
Height: 24.2 cm
Height: 9.5 in

Place(s) associated

  • Liverpool ⪼ Lancashire ⪼ England
  • London ⪼ England
  • Bristol ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Third quarter of 18th century
George III
Circa 1760 CE - 1765 CE


This bottle is most likely to have been made in Liverpool but might have been made in Bristol or London

School or Style


Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing Throwing

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1553-1928
Primary reference Number: 72208
Old object number: 1598
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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