Skip to main content

Teapot: C.527 & A-1928

An image of Teapot

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


Potter: Whieldon, Thomas (Possibly)
Potter: Shaw, Ralph (Possibly)




Dark brown stoneware, coated inside with white slip, turned and decorated on both sides with applied white clay reliefs of the Royal Arms with motto DEI ET MON DRIT, and salt-glazed

Dark chocolate-brown stoneware, coated inside with white slip, turned and decorated with applied white clay reliefs before salt-glazing. Globular body with curved octagonal spout, and loop handle, standing on a low foot; circular, very slightly convex cover with striped bud-shaped knob. The interior of the body is coated in white slip. On the outside there are two groups of horizontal white bands below the shoulder and above the foot, a single band round the foot,, two round the rim, one round the cover, and touches of white on the top of the handle and end of the spout. Each side is decorated with a moulded and applied relief of the Royal Arms with the motto 'DEI ET MON DRIT' (sic), and the cover with an applied fleur-de-lys, a spray of flowers, and a leaf.


History note: Mr Stoner, London, from whom, bought for £12 on 15 January 1908 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 10.1 cm
Length: 15 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Mid
George II
Circa 1745 CE - 1755 CE


This teapot is an example of a rare type of chocolate-brown salt-glazed stoneware decorated with white slip and moulded white reliefs or sprigs. Arnold Mountford associated it with a patent taken out on 24 April 1733 by Ralph Shawe (sic) for '. . .a fine body, of which a curious ware may be made, whose outside will be of true chocolate colour, striped with white, and the inside white, much resembling the brown China ware, and glazed with salt. . . .'. By 1736 other Staffordshire potters were imitating it, and Shaw sued John Mitchell of Burslem for infringing his patent. However, the judge found against him and nullifed the patent. It seems likely that Thomas Whieldon was one of the potters who made this type of stoneware as sherds have been found at the site of his pottery in Fenton Vivian which he occupied from 1747. The style of this pot indicates that it is likely to have been made in the late 1740s or early 1750s rather than the late 1730s. White reliefs of the royal arms also appear on lead-glazed redwares, such as the Fitzwilliam's teapot C.618 & A-1928. Part of an unglazed redware teapot with white reliefs of the royal arms, now in the Victoria & Albert Museum (C.83A-1925), was found with other sherds at Fenton Low on the site of a pottery leased from Whieldon briefly by William Meir and then by Edward Warburton from 1751-61.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of slip ( white)

Materials used in production

brown Stoneware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: incorrectly spelled

  • Text: DEI ET MON DRIT'
  • Location: On label below the arms
  • Method of creation: Applied
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.527 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 75424
Old object number: 2849
Stable URI

Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 8 November 2022 Last processed: Friday 8 December 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 (2024) "Teapot" Web page available at: Accessed: 2024-06-14 03:31:42

Citation for Wikipedia

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

{{cite web|url= |title=Teapot |author=The Fitzwilliam Museum|accessdate=2024-06-14 03:31:42|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=""
        class="img-fluid" />
        <figcaption class="figure-caption text-info">Teapot</figcaption>

Sign up for updates

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