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Cider jar: C.20-2014

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Potter: Cardew, Michael




Red earthenware, thrown, with pulled handle, the upper part slip-coated, and decorated with manganese-black and white slip trailing under lead-glaze. The large ovoid jar has a short narrow cylindrical neck to which is attached a pulled handle. On the opposite side of the body about 2.5 cm up from the base there is a short tubular projection into which a wooden spigot is inserted. White slip is trailed around the neck and down the back of the handle. The widest part of the body is decorated with two trailed manganese-black wavy lines, each edged with trailed white slip, appearing yellow under the lead-glaze


History note: Nancy and Andrew Ramage

Legal notes

Given by Nancy and Andrew Ramage

Measurements and weight

Height: 33.1 cm
Width: 27.6 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Winchcombe ⪼ Gloucestershire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given by Ramage, Nancy Ramage, Andrew


Second quarter of 20th century
Circa 1933 CE - 1939 CE


The form of this cider jar resembles a Rhenish stoneware 'Bellarmine'. The form was introduced at Winchcombe pottery about 1933.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of slip ( white)
Upper Surface composed of glaze
Base Diameter 15 cm
Upper Part

Materials used in production

red-brown Earthenware

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: in impressed circular seal

  • Text: WP monogram
  • Location: On exterior on unglazed edge of base
  • Method of creation: Impressed seal
  • Type: Pottery mark

Inscription present: M smaller and within the C in impressed rectangular seal

  • Text: CM
  • Location: Adjacent to pottery mark on unglazed edge of base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Maker's mark

Inscription present: circular red paper stick on label

  • Text: 5298
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black biro
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.20-2014
Primary reference Number: 199693
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 12 August 2014 Updated: Wednesday 21 June 2017 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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