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Cider flagon: C.2-2011

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Maker: Cardew, Michael




Red earthenware with dark brown glaze and sgraffito decoration

Red earthenware, thrown, with applied pulled handle and inserted projecting tube to take a spigot, dark brown slip, and brown lead-glaze, stopping about 1.3 cm above the base, and sgraffito decoration. Ovoid, with flat base, short incurved neck, small strap handle which is curved on the exterior and has a vertical ridge, and on the opposite side a short distance above the base, a short cylindircal insertion to take a spigot. Round the lower part of the body there is a series of nine rings under the glaze. The sgraffito decoration comprises three sets of two horizontal rings, on the shoulder, a little way below the handle, and above the tube for the spigot. Between the top two sets there are five spaced stylized leaves, and in the wider space below, two continuous wavy lines.

Legal notes

Given by Professor Len Sealey

Measurements and weight

Height: 34 cm
Width: 22.4 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Winchcombe ⪼ Gloucestershire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2011-01-24) by Sealey, Len, Prof.


Second quarter of 20th century
Circa 1933 CE - 1935 CE

School or Style

Studio Ceramics

Components of the work

Visible Surfaces composed of glaze ( dark brown)

Materials used in production

red Stoneware

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: square seal enclosing C with W within it

  • Text: C enclosing W
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Impressed seal
  • Type: Maker's mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2-2011
Primary reference Number: 185511
Entry form number: 1065
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Audit data

Created: Thursday 22 September 2011 Updated: Tuesday 15 November 2016 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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