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Water bottle: C.1727-1928

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Object information


Unidentified Liverpool pottery (Pottery)
uncertain (Decorator)


Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue, green, yellow, pink, dark pink, and black enamels with two Chinese ladies standing among flowering plants

Buff earthenware, tin-glazed bluish-white, and painted overglaze in blue, green, yellow, ink, dark pink, and black enamels in famille rose style. The bottle has a bulbous lower part, a tall slender, slightly sloping neck, and a cup-shaped mouth, The bulbous part is decorated with two Chinese ladies, one of whom carries a small parasol, standing among flowering plants with a low fence behind them. Round the upper part of the neck and the cup-shaped mouth there are Oriental-style flowers and diapered panels.


History note: The Rt Hon. Sir John Eldon Gorst; sold Christie, Manson & Woods, 6 July 1916, Catalogue of Sèvres Porcelain being a portion of the collection of the late William Leveson Gower, Esq., Sen. . . . . Porcelain & Old English Furniture the property of The Right Hon. Sir John Eldon Gorst, Deceased; late of Castle Coombe Manor House, Chippenahm (Sold by Order of the Public Trustee), p. 16, lot 83; purchased for £18.18s. 0d. by Mr Stoner on behalf of Dr J.W.L. Glaisher who paid him £23.18s. 0d. including commission.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 23 cm
Height: 9 1/16 in
Width: 15.3 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Liverpool ⪼ Cheshire ⪼ England
  • Cobridge ⪼ North Staffordshire ⪼ 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
Circa 1750 CE - 1760 CE


Made in Liverpool and probably decorated in Staffordshire, possibly at Cobridge

School or Style

Chinoiserie famille rose

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration: composed of enamel ( blue, green, yellow, pink, dark pink, and black)

Materials used in production

bluish-white Tin-glaze buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Earthenware, thrown, tin-glazed, and painted overglaze in blue, green, yellow, pink, dark pink, and black enamels

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1727-1928
Primary reference Number: 72535
Old object number: 4680
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 11 August 2016 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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