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Ship Bowl: C.1722-1928

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Ship Bowl


Liverpool (Pottery)


Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue, green, orange-red, and manganese-purple with a ship and flowers inside, and a hunting scene on the outside

Buff earthenware, thrown, covered with bluish-tin-glazed, and painted in blue, green, orange-red, and manganese. Circular with deep curved sides, standing on a footring. The inside is decorated with a three-masted ship under sail, flying the Union Jack, with two smaller boats, and below the inscription ‘Success to the Great Brittain/Safe may She Stem the turrant of the Main/With Great Success and Safe Return a Gain/ A. STAFFELL’, and below the rim with a broad border of flowers and trellis panels. On the outside there is a large floral spray and a view of a greyhound chasing a hare through a wood.


History note: Pawnbroker in Essex; Mr S. Fenton, Cranbourn Street, London who sold it on 1 December 1909 to Dr J.W.L. Glaisher FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 35.9 cm
Diameter: 14 1/8 in
Height: 14.5 cm
Height: 5 11/16 in

Place(s) associated

  • Liverpool ⪼ Lancashire ⪼ 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 1765 CE - 1770 1770 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration: composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, green, yellow, orange-red, and manganese-purple)

Materials used in production

bluish Tin-glaze buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Buff earthenware, thrown, covered with bluish tin-glaze, and painted in blue, green, yellow, orange-red, and manganese-purple high temperature (metallic oxide) colours

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Success to the Great Brittain/Safe may She Stem the turrant of the Main/With Great Success and Safe Return a Gain/ A. STAFFELL
  • Location: On interior
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1722-1928
Primary reference Number: 72528
Old object number: 3091
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 25 November 2021 Last processed: Saturday 15 January 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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