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Tile Picture of a Clock: C.2845A-F-1928

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Tile Picture of a Clock


Griethuizen, Abraham van (Painter)
Unknown (Factory)


Tin-glazed and painted earthenare

Composed of six tiles. Earthenware, tin-glazed white on the upper surface and painted in greyish-blue, olive-green, yellow and manganese with a clock in Louis XVI style with the hands at 11.53. The clock itself is mounted on a column surmounted by a neo-classical ewer, rising from a rectangular base. On the right of the base there is a reclining putto and on the left a standing putto holding the end of a laurel wreath draped over the top of the clock. The tiles are numbered 1-6 on their backs.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 0.7 cm
Height: 37.8 cm
Width: 25.3 cm

Relative size of this object

25.3 cm37.8 cm7 mm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Utrecht ⪼ Netherlands
  • Rotterdam ⪼ Netherlands

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


Late 18th or early 19th century
Circa 1800 CE - 1810 CE


Attributed probably to the Wapen van Cantzich pottery, Rotterdam by Rackham (1935). For reattribution to Utrecht, see van Dam (1999). Some clock tile pictures are inscribed with the place name Utrecht, see Sotheby's Olympia, 19 April 2007, lot 8 in Documentation.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( greyish-blue, olive-green, yellow and manganese) Front composed of tin-glaze

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: one number on each tile

  • Text: 1 2 3 4 5 6
  • Location: On back of each tile
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Numbers

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2845A-F-1928
Primary reference Number: 15834
Old object number: 1344
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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