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Water bottle: C.1748-1928

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Object information


Probably Unidentified Liverpool pottery (Pottery)


Tin-glazed earthenware painted in dark blue with Oriental style flowering plants in bowls

Buff earthenware, thrown, tin-glazed bluish-white and painted in blue. The bottle stands on a low foot which is slightly concave on the underside. The bulbous ovoid body rises into a long neck with a cup-shaped mouth with an outward sloping rim. Both sides of the body are decorated with arrangements of Oriental style flowers and foliage arranged in a shallow Chinese bowl. On the neck there are two narrow horizontal bands under which are pairs of small inward curing scrolls alternating with spots in circles with three projecting strokes . On the mouth below the rim there is a broad band of trellis diaper ornament.


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

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 24.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Liverpool ⪼ 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 - 1765 CE


Formerly attributed to Dublin, but the shape and lack of a number on the base suggests that it was probably made in Liverpool

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration: composed of cobalt

Materials used in production

bluish-white Tin-glaze buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Buff earthenware, thrown, tin-glazed bluish-white, and painted in blue

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1748-1928
Primary reference Number: 72550
Old object number: 274
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 9 June 2017 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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