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Wassail bowl: C.100 & A-1928

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Clay Pits Pottery (Pottery)


Pale red earthenware, coated with white slip, with incised and applied three-dimensional decoration under yellow lead-glaze.

Pale red earthenware, thrown, coated with white slip, with incised and applied three-dimension decoration under yellow lead-glaze. Bulbous body with eighteen loop handles; domed cover with two rows of loops round a central finial. These are studded with small figures of chickens, trees, three foxes, and, on the front, a man stting astride a barrel, moulded in relief and applied. Round the neck of the pot is a border of interlaced circles; on the handles, and in the intervals of the remaining surfaces are various flower and linear motifs. the words 'another glass' are written across the body of the man, and below him is the inscription in Welsh, 'Cymru dros byth' (Wales for ever). On one handle of the pot itself, are the words 'Made May 6th 1892'. Under the base is the inscription, 'Made by Evan Jones/at Clay Pitts Pottery/Bridgend/May 1892'


History note: Purchased from a dealer named Groome at Upper Parkstone (between Bournemouth and Poole) on 13 December, 1919 for £1.10s.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 40.6 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Ewenny ⪼ Glamorgan ⪼ Wales

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 19th Century
Production date: AD 1892 : dated


Bowls of this type were made for different parishes in South Wales for use at Christmas

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Surface composed of slip Decoration

Materials used in production

Lead-glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Lead-glazing Throwing

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: another glass
  • Location: On the body of the man
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: Cymru dros byth
  • Location: On exterior
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: th of 6th raised

  • Text: Made May 6th 1892
  • Location: On one handle
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: Made by Evan Jones/at Clay Pits Pottery/Bridgend/May 1892
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Maker's mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.100 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 71116
Old object number: 4525
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 22 August 2017 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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