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On display at V&A South Kensington
Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery

Cruet

1762-1765 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Cruet, for salad oil or vinegar, of soft-paste porcelain, pear-shaped body with long tapering neck, angular handle and spreading mouth with pointed spout. Painted in underglaze blue with flowering plants, border of trellis work below the rim.

Object details

Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Soft-paste porcelain, painted in underglaze blue
Brief description
Cruet for salad oil or vinegar, soft-paste porcelain, painted in underglaze blue, made by Lowestoft porcelain factory, England, 1762-1765
Physical description
Cruet, for salad oil or vinegar, of soft-paste porcelain, pear-shaped body with long tapering neck, angular handle and spreading mouth with pointed spout. Painted in underglaze blue with flowering plants, border of trellis work below the rim.
Dimensions
  • Height: 15.2cm
  • Diameter: 7.6cm
Marks and inscriptions
'6' inside the foot
Credit line
Given by E. F. Broderip, Esq.
Historical context
Watney (see References) identifies this as a jug for salad oil. Godden reproduces a similar piece as an bottle for oil or vinegar and notes that the holes in the handle were probably to allow a cork stopper to tied on with string, thereby preventing it from soiling the table.
Production
Date given by John Howell 1981
Subjects depicted
Bibliographic references
  • Watney, Bernard. English blue and white porcelain of the eighteenth century, 2nd ed., London: Faber and Faber, 1973, pl. 81A
  • Compare Godden, Geoffrey A. Lowestoft Porcelains, 2nd ed., Woodbridge: Antique Collectors' Club, 1985, pl. 90 and p. 209
Collection
Accession number
C.359-1924

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Record createdApril 28, 2009
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