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Posset cup: C.2-2022

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Posset cup






Slipware posset cup, slightly flaring body of thrown red earthenware with two handles, coated with white slip sliced through with a geometric ‘diced’ pattern above and below a central band of foliate patterns made by slicing through the glaze, and two rectangular cartouches with the date '1761'and another with the letters 'BK'


History note: Provenance unknown prior to mid-twentieth century. Previously with Jonathan Horne Antiques Ltd and part of the Longridge collection (no. 576) though apparently not amongst the pieces sold at Christie's but instead sold privately. At some point purchased by Michael and Elizabeth Fuller of Upper Slaughter. Sold their sale (day 2) at Woolley & Wallis (10 November 2021, lot 490), where it was purchased by the vendor, E. & H. Manners.

Legal notes

Purchased with Friends of The Fitzwilliam Museum Acquisition Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 17.6 cm
Width: 31.3 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (2022-04-29) by E. & H. Manners


Production date: circa AD 1761


This posset cup is an exceptionally fine example of later English slipware. It belongs to a small group of related wares that bear dates between 1755 and 1766 (in the Burnap and Weldon collections and that at Colonial Williamsburg).

Materials used in production

Slip coating

Techniques used in production


References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2-2022
Primary reference Number: 311378
Object entry form: 1560
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Audit data

Created: Monday 18 July 2022 Updated: Monday 18 July 2022 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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