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Mug: C.507-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Production: Enoch Booth's Factory (Probably)




White salt-glazed stoneware with scratch-blue decoration and inscription, '17 Enoch Booth 42'

White stoneware with scratch-blue decoration under salt-glaze. The cylindrical mug was thrown and turned with a slightly projecting horizontal band about a quarter of the way up from the base. The applied strap handle has vertical reeding and a kick at the lower end. Incised around the lower part below the raised band are the name and date '17 Enoch Booth 42'. The area above is divided into three zones of scratch-blue decoration. The lowest is a narrow band of spaced ellipses. The next is a broad band with three long-tailed birds separated by oak foliage and tendrils, and a spray of acorns. At the top is a narrow band incised with a continuous wavy spray of short tendrils.


History note: Lady Marion; Miss Kingsland, Croydon, from whom purchased for £18 on 29 March 1916 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 12 cm
Width: 12.7 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Tunstall ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Second quarter of 18th century
George II
Production date: dated AD 1742


Scratch-blue decoration was probably intended to simulate underglaze blue decoration on porcelain or possibly, blue painting on tin-glazed delftware. This mug is the only known ceramic bearing Enoch Booth's full name, and was possibly made for him at his own factory in Tunstall.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of cobalt oxide
Surface composed of salt-glaze
Base Diameter 9 cm

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: the E is formed like a back to front 3

  • Text: 17 Enoch Wood 42
  • Location: Round lowest part of exterior
  • Method of creation: Incised and coloured blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.507-1928
Primary reference Number: 75336
4039: 4039
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 26 November 2021 Last processed: Tuesday 14 February 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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