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Mug: C.11-1963

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Possibly Montague Close Pottery (Pottery)


Tin-glazed earthenware painted in polychrome with a stag hunt and inscription

Reddish-buff earthenware, tin-glazed pale turquoise-green, and painted in blue, turquoise-green, yellow, and manganese-purple. The mug stands on a concave base. It has a bulbous lower part which narrows towards the rim, and an applied loop handle which is rounded on the outside and slightly concave inside. The exterior is painted with a man holding a spear accompanied by a running hound chasing a stag in a landscape with a house, trees and two seated deer with schematic birds flying above them. Above the stag are the initials and date '16/S/IA/76'. Two horizontal manganese bands run round the body below the rim, and the handle is horizontally striped in blue.


History note: Unknown before donor Sidney Thomas Metcalfe

Legal notes

Given by Sydney Thomas Metcalfe in memory of his wife, Beatrice Louise Metcalfe (1894-1956)

Measurements and weight

Height: 9.3 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Southwark ⪼ Surrey ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1963-11-21) by Metcalfe, Sidney Thomas


Late 17th Century
Charles II
Production date: dated AD 1676


The decoration on this mug matches that on plate C. 1435-1928. The initials may be those of Jasper Scoles and Abigail Maude who were married at St Botolph's, Bishopsgate, London on 3 May 1676.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue, turquoise-green, yellow, and manganese-purple) Handle

Materials used in production

pale turquoise-green Tin-glaze reddish-buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Reddish-buff earthenware, thrown with applied handle, tin-glazed pale turquoise-green, and painted in blue, turquoise-green, yellow, and manganese-purple high-temperature colours

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 16/S/IA/76
  • Location: Above stag on exterior
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.11-1963
Primary reference Number: 71357
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 27 November 2020 Last processed: Saturday 15 January 2022

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

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