Skip to main content

Cauliflower Tureen: C.2742 & A-1928

An image of Tureen

Terms of use

These images are provided for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons License (BY-NC-ND). To license a high resolution version, please contact our image library who will discuss fees, terms and waivers.

Download this image

Creative commons explained - what it means, how you can use our's and other people's content.

Alternative views

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Cauliflower Tureen


Production: Unidentified Delft factory




Tin-glazed earthenware, moulded, tin-glazed pale blue, and painted in dark blue, greyish-green, and yellow. The tureen is moulded in two parts. The lower part resembles the leafy outside of the cauliflower, and the cover the underdeveloped flower.


History note: Bought by the unnamed vendor in Utrecht; bought in London in 1902 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 9.5 cm
Width: 14.5 cm

Relative size of this object

14.5 cm9.5 cm What does this represent?

Relative size of this object is displayed using code inspired by Good Form and Spectacle's work on the British Museum's Waddeson Bequest website and their dimension drawer. They chose a tennis ball to represent a universally sized object, from which you could envisage the size of an object.

Place(s) associated

  • Delft ⪼ Holland ⪼ United Provinces of the Netherlands

Acquisition and important dates

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


Third quarter of 18th century
Circa 1750 CE - 1775 CE


This was identified as a broccoli tureen by Dr Glaisher and Bernard Rackham, but it looks like a small underdeveloped cauliflower to this cataloguer.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( bluish-green)
Cover Diameter 10.3 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2742 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 74005
Old object number: 1306
Stable URI

Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 1 September 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 14 February 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

Citation for print

This record can be cited in the Harvard Bibliographic style using the text below:

The Fitzwilliam Museum (2023) "Cauliflower Tureen" Web page available at: Accessed: 2023-06-01 12:41:59

Citation for Wikipedia

To cite this record on Wikipedia you can use this code snippet:

{{cite web|url= |title=Cauliflower Tureen |author=The Fitzwilliam Museum|accessdate=2023-06-01 12:41:59|publisher=The University of Cambridge}}

API call for this record

To call these data via our API (remember this needs to be authenticated) you can use this code snippet:

Bootstrap HTML code for reuse

To use this as a simple code embed, copy this string:

<div class="text-center">
    <figure class="figure">
        <img src=""
        alt="Cauliflower Tureen"
        class="img-fluid" />
        <figcaption class="figure-caption text-info">Cauliflower Tureen</figcaption>

Please enter your name as you would like to be addressed
Please enter your email address
The object accession number - this is prefilled
Please enter your query with as much detail as possible

More objects and works of art you might like

Cauliflower Tureen

Accession Number: C.2741.2 & A-1928

Cauliflower Tureen

Accession Number: C.2741.1 & A-1928

Sugar bowl

Accession Number: C.6 & A-1951


Accession Number: C.5 & A-1951

Suggested products from Curating Cambridge

You might be interested in this...

Sign up for updates

Updates about future exhibitions and displays, family activities, virtual events & news. You'll be the first to know...