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Wall pocket: C.543-1928

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Production: Unidentified Staffordshire Pottery




White stoneware, press-moulded, and salt-glazed. The flower-holder is in the shape of a cornucopia decorated in relief on the front with a half-figure of Flora in a rococo-scrolled panel, with a frill-like border on either side, and below a stem of ivy twined round the tapering lower part. There are three pierced holes in the top edge, and three on each side of the panel.


History note: Messrs Oates and Mason, Stamford; who sent it on approval to Bournemouth, where bought for £6.0.0. on 19 July 1918 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 27.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, third quarter#
George III
Circa 1760 - 1770


Wall pockets of this design were also made in lead-glazed earthenware, and many examples are known. Invoices for 'Cornu Copias' , both for block moulds, and finished items, have associated their manufacture with William Greatbatch of Fenton, and Thomas & John Wedgwood, of Burslem, but there are cornucopia flower holders of several different designs so it is not possible to attribute this example conclusively. It seems likely that they were made by several other north Staffordshire potters between about 1760 and 1770. The female figure is usually identified as Flora, an ancient Italian goddess of flowers and spring.

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Components of the work

Surface composed of salt-glaze

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.543-1928
Primary reference Number: 75477
Old object number: 3900
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 14 January 2022 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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