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Ink pot: EC.27-1941

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Object information

Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue with flowers and an insription

Buff earthenware, pierced, tin-glazed bluish-white and painted in blue. Circular with straight sides, a slightly sloping shoulder pierced by four holes for quills, and a domed upper part with a cyldinrical mouth. The sides are decorated with flowers, foliage, and a flying insect. The shoulder is encircled by four panels of trellis diaper. The domed area is inscribed 'Samuel Gardner. London W.G: Fecit. 1756.'

F. Bennett-Goldney; sold Puttick and Simpson, 4 March, 1920, lot 46; Cecil Baring, 3rd Lord Revelstoke (d. 1934); sold Puttick & Simpson, 17 May, 1935, lot 117; Dr and Mrs H. Bellamy Gardener; Sotheby's, 12 June 1941, Catalogue of the Celebrated Collection of Chelsea Porcelain, English Ceramics and Enamels, the property of Dr and Mrs Bellamy Gardner, lot 98

Named entities

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Acquisition and important dates

  • Method of acquisition: Bought
  • Dates: 1941-12-06




The initials could stand for William Griffith, who ran the Lambeth High Street pottery from about 1740 until 1761 when he died.

Place(s) associated

  • Liverpool ⪼ Lancashire ⪼ England

Measurements and weight

  • Diameter: 9.3 cm
  • Diameter: 3 5/8 in
  • Height: 8.8 cm
  • Height: 3½ in

Agents depicted

Subjects depicted

Components of the work

  • Decoration composed of cobalt
  • Shoulder

Materials used in production

Techniques used in production

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Samuel Gardner. London W.G: Fecit. 1756.
  • Location: On upper part of exterior
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

Associated department: Applied Arts

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  • Created: Saturday 6 August 2011
  • Updated: Tuesday 16 February 2021
  • Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021
  • Data source: Adlib

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