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Wall pocket: C.540-1928

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Unidentified Staffordshire factory (Production)


White stoneware, press-moulded and salt-glazed. The wall pocket is moulded in the form of a woman's face with a bow at the top. The top of her head is surrounded by acanthus leaves with three holes pierced through those in the middle. The lower part of the face is flanked by scrolls and below these is a bunch of acanthus foliage terminating in a point.


History note: Milner-Gibson-Cullum Collection, Hardwick Hall, Bury St Edmunds. Suffolk, sale in week ending 30 June 1924; sold to Mr Worlaton from whom purchased on July 1, 1924 for £2.Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS., Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 31 cm
Width: 21 cm

Relative size of this object

21 cm31 cm What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Third quarter of 18th century
George II
George III
1755 - 1770 1770


Wall pockets for flowers of this design were probably made by several Staffordshire potters, such as Thomas Whieldon,at Fenton Vivian, or Thomas and John Wedgwood, at Burslem.

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Components of the work

Surface: composed of salt-glaze Front:

Materials used in production

white Stoneware

Techniques used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.540-1928
Primary reference Number: 75464
Old object number: 4392
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 23 November 2021 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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