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Posset pot: C.1294 & A-1928

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Pottery: Pickleherring Pottery (Probably)
Potter: Rotherhithe Pottery (Possibly)




Buff earthenware, the body thrown, tin-glazed and painted in blue. Bucket-shaped body with slightly spreading foot, slightly concave underneath, applied tubular spout and two strap handles each with two vertical grooves on the exterior and pinched lower terminal. The almost flat cover has a finial in the form of a bulbous vase with a stopper. The sides are decorated with 'birds-on-rocks' pattern with at the back a trellis border above and below, and at the front below. Above at the front is the inscription 'STEPHEN GARDNER 1631' between groups of three narrow horizontal bands. The spout and outside of the handles are blue, and there is a blue band round the edge of the foot. The cover is decorated to match.


History note: Christie's London, 12 December 1918, lot 27, the property of a gentleman; bought for 68 guineas by Mr Stoner on behalf of Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge who paid him £92.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 20.9 cm
Height: 8¼ in

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


17th Century, second quarter#
Charles I
Production date: dated AD 1631


Made in Southwark, probably at the Pickleherring or Rotherhithe potteries.

School or Style

Wanli style

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue)
Visible Surfaces composed of tin-glazed

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: STEPHEN GARDNER 1631
  • Location: On exterior below rim
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1294 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 71742
Old object number: 4045
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 21 August 2018 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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