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Punch bowl: C.1601-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Lambeth High Street Pottery (Pottery)
Griffith, William (Proprietor of pottery)


Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue, a little red with a fox-hunting scene andbianco-sopra-bianco boder inside and an Oriental coastal landscape outside

Buff earthenware, tin-glazed bluish-white and painted in blue, bianco-sopra-bianco, and a little red and yellow. Circular with deep curved sides, standing on a footring. The inside is decorated wth a hunting scene with two riders, two hounds and a red fox within a circular rococo C-curve and shell border entwined with a ribbon inscribed ‘Prosperity to Fox Hunting 1758’. Around the sides is a wreath of lily-like flowers and foliage in bianco-sopra-bianco. The exterior has an Oriental coastal landscape with junks, rocks, trees, Chinese figures, a bridge, and houses within a fenced compound, all in blue. The rim is yellow.


History note: Mr Stoner, London, from whom bought for £31.10s.0d. on 23 July 1917 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 30.7 cm
Height: 11.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Lambeth ⪼ Surrey ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Third quarter of 18th century
George II
Production date: dated AD 1758


Although bianco-sopra-bianco decoration was used extensively in Bristol, the high quality of the painting of this bowl suggests London as a more likely place for its manufacture.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue, a little red and yellow)

Materials used in production

bluish-white Tin-glaze buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Buff earthenware, thrown, turned, tin-glazed bluish-white, and painted in blue, red, and yellow, and in bianco-sopra-bianco

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Prosperity to Fox Hunting 1758
  • Location: Inside
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1601-1928
Primary reference Number: 72290
Old object number: 4165
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

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

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