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Plate: C.552-1928

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Factory: Unidentified Staffordshire factory




White salt-glazed stoneware, moulded in relief with the words BARTHOLOMEW FULLER OF TRINITY COLLEGE CAMBRIDGE

Off-white stoneware, moulded, and salt-glazed. Circular with wavy gadrooned edge, sloping rim, shallow sloping sides and flat centre. On the rim in relief are the words 'BARTHOLOMEW FULLER OF TRINITY COLLEGE CAMBRIDGE'


History note: Dug up during alterations to staircases L,M,and N in Old Court, Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1908

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 2.5 cm
Width: 23.4 cm

Relative size of this object

23.4 cm2.5 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 III
Circa 1765 CE - 1770 CE


This is the earliest known plate bearing the name of a Cambridge College. Bartholomew Fuller, the outside caterer or cook of Trinity College was a common councillor of the town corporation, leased land in the nearby village of Little Wilbraham in 1763 and 1769, and took on an apprentice in 1768. His death was recorded in the Cambridge Chronicle for Saturday, 7 April 1770 as having taken place 'On Sunday last'. The relief lettering around the rim was moulded at the same time as the plate, showing that Fuller must have placed an order with the factory, either in person or through a local shopkeeper. Inscriptions painted in enamel-colours could have been applied to any plate in production, and not necessarily in the factory.

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Components of the work

Surface composed of salt-glaze

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Off-white stoneware, press-moulded, and salt-glazed

Inscription or legends present

  • Location: On front of rim
  • Method of creation: Integrally moulded in relief with plate
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.552-1928
Primary reference Number: 75505
Old object number: 3220
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 15 January 2022 Last processed: Tuesday 22 November 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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