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Two-handled cup: C.1234-1928

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)

Maker(s)

Pottery: Unknown (Probably)

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Description

Stoneware, possibly covered with a ferruginous wash, incised, and salt-glazed. Bell-shaped with two reeded loop handles and spreading foot. Incised on one side with the inscription: 'Thomas Smeeton &/Mary His Wife 1739', on the other, with two sprays of flowers resembling potentilla, on a wide band between two borders of geometrical pattern.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 21.0 cm
Width: 29.5 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Nottingham ⪼ Nottinghamshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

Mid-18th Century
Production date: AD 1739 : dated

Note

The overall lustreous brown colour was typical of Nottingham stoneware. It could have been achieved by dipping the pots in a thin coat of iron-bearing slip, but probably occurred naturally as a result of a high iron content in the clay and generous amounts of salt thrown into the kiln during firing.

Components of the work

Mouth Diameter 21.7 cm
Body
Decoration

Materials used in production

possibly Ferruginous wash
Salt-glaze
Stoneware

Techniques used in production

Salt-glazing

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Thomas Smeeton &/Mary His Wife 1739
  • Location: On side of body
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1234-1928
Primary reference Number: 71637
Old object number: 1149
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 21 November 2018 Last processed: Wednesday 11 January 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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