Sherds from vessels depicting 'Captain Cook being directed by Britannia'
- Object Number: STKMG: LH.Arch.1984.K3.3043
- Simple Name: Sherds
- Production Place: Fenton
- Production Place: Staffordshire
- Production Place: England
- Production Period:
- Production Organisation: William Greatbatch (factory)
- Summary: Sherds from vessels depicting 'Captain Cook being directed by Britannia'. Creamware, printed overglaze.
- Terms:18th & 19th Century Staffordshire
- Additional Notes: These finds were recovered from a waste tip in Fenton, excavated between 1979 and 1981. The tip had a proven association with William Greatbatch and the excavation allowed for the identification of many previously unattributed vessels. It also gave a detailed insight into the changes that occurred within a single factory during an important period in the history of The Potteries.
- Additional Notes: This object was recovered from Phase III, the third of three physically separate layers. Phase III was dated between c.1770-17792, up to the point at which William Greatbatch is known to have become bankrupt. Waste had been tipped in the marl hole from the west with layers trailing off to the east. Phase II had also been tipped in this manner but was separated from Phase III by a brown, organic layer that suggests a period of disuse between the phases.
- Additional Notes: Wares from Phase III demonsrate the move towards lighter, neo-classical shapes and designs, away from the rococo forms of earlier layers. However, some pottery types were common to all three phases ? particularly moulded fruitwares in forms such as cauliflower and pineapple. Moulded details suggest that wares from all three phases were produced from the same range of block moulds.
- Contact: Potteries Museum and Art Gallery