The pot is decorated with blue butterflies and flowers painted on the white background created by the glaze. The date “1676” and the letters “C/WE,” possibly a monogram, are painted within the design on opposite sides of the pot. Overall the pot was in good condition, with chips and crazing common to tin-glazed earthenware, and museum curators hoped to put it on display. A major concern, however, was disfiguring earlier treatments. Haddon, an objects major with extensive pre-program experience in conservation science, found that these earlier restorations included replacement of the end of the spout, work on two areas of the lid where pieces had broken off and been reattached, and extensive overpainting of glaze chips.
After surface cleaning, Haddon used solvents to
reverse the joins in the two reattached areas of the lid and to remove
discolored overpaint. She was able to remove both the paint on the spout
and the restoration fill material by applying cotton soaked with
acetone and covering with plastic wrap.