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Coffee cup: C.583-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Factory: Unidentified Staffordshire factory




White stoneware, slip-cast with decoration in relief, and salt-glazed

White stoneware, slip-cast with decoration in relief, the handle applied, and salt-glazed. Circular with deep sides, standing on a footring; reeded loop handle pinched at the lower end to form an upward 'kick'. The exterior is decorated with eight vertical panels containing: a huntsman with a hound and a bird amidst foliage; a shield above a stag with a bird below; a crown over an imperial eagle with an arabesque below; a kettle on a hearth below a tea party scene with a large tea pot on the table with a swag above; a shield charged with three animals, a nude man or putto carrying a globe and two small figures on either side of a table or box; two figures holding a heart, a monster, with a above, a bearded man's head in profile to right in a medallion; the fable of the Fox and the Stork, Cupid on a lion, and a swiming swan or duck; Danae (a nude woman) amongst clouds, a unicorn, and a plant in a pot. Below the rim there is a narrow plain border.


History note: Unknown before Col. and Mrs W.D. Dickson of Bournemouth who gave it to Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge, for his birthday, 5 November 1920

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 6.6 cm
Width: 8 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 - 1750 CE


This cup was probably used for coffee or chocolate. The relief moulding is very well defined so that all the subjects in the panels can be seen clearly. The cup is almost similar to C. 106-2015.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Surface composed of salt-glaze
Rim Diameter 6.5 cm

Materials used in production

White stoneware

Techniques used in production

Slip-casting : White stoneware, slip-cast with integral relief decoration, and salt-glazed

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: almost square white paper label (now stained pale brown) with a black edge

  • Text: No 3904./White salt-glaze/tea cup with eight/panels. From/Bournemouth/Given me Nov 5/1920.
  • Location: Inside the side wall of the cup
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in faded black ink
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: circular white paper stick on label

  • Text: 3904 handwritten and surrounded by J.W.L. GLAISHER./COLLECTION printed in a circle
  • Location: Inside the side wall of the cup below the square label
  • Method of creation: Printed in black and hand-written in black
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.583-1928
Primary reference Number: 75582
Old object number: 3904
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 5 February 2022 Last processed: Friday 15 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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