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  • Place of origin:

    Delft (made)

  • Date:

    1747 (dated)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware painted with enamels and gilding

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by George Salting, Esq.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 145, case 37, shelf 3

A spittoon is a receptacle for spitting into. Spittoons have been used for centuries in many parts of the world, and their exact shape and function vary according to local habits. They may be used for spitting out the dregs of a drink, or the residue from chewing stimulants such as tobacco (in Europe) or betel nuts (in south-east Asia).

Physical description

Rectangular spittoon with handle, painted decoration in colours depicting Dutch ships, a man reading a letter and a woman on the rim and fruit-picking scenes on the body.

Place of Origin

Delft (made)


1747 (dated)



Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware painted with enamels and gilding

Marks and inscriptions

'1747' and 'MVP [sic]'
Painted on the rim


Height: 7.9 cm, Length: 14.1 cm, Width: 11.2 cm

Descriptive line

Rectangular spittoon with handle, tin-glazed earthenware painted in colours, made Delft, Netherlands, dated 1747

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

The Hague. 1999. pp.249. Catalogue entry 91.
Fourest, Henri Pierre. Delftware : faience production at Delft. London : Thames and Hudson, 1980. 118 p., fig 114.
Lahaussois, C, Delft Faïence, Paris, Brussels 2008, pp. 262-165, fig 3

Labels and date

made Delft, Netherlands dated 1747
Inscriptions: '1747' and 'MVP' (?), painted on the rim, on the letter
Tin-glazed earthenware painted with enamels and gilding

C.2337-1910 Salting Bequest [16/07/2008]


Ceramics; Delftware


Ceramics Collection

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