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Mug: C.1295-1928

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Pottery: Pickleherring Pottery (Probably)
Proprietor: Townsend, Thomas




Tin-glazed earthenwre painted in blue

Reddish-buff earthenware, thrown, tin-glazed and painted in blue. Oviform body with a tapering cylindrical neck, and applied strap handle of shallow oval section, standing on a foot which is concave underneath. The sides are decorated with 'Birds on Rock' pattern in late-Ming style, with below, five narrow blue horizontal bands and a wider band round the foot. On the neck there are two narrow horizontal bands, the inscription ' IOHN POTTEN & SVSANNA:1633', and four horizontal bands. The back of the handle is painted blue, and below the terminal is the date '1633'.


History note: Arthur Edward Clarke; Sotheby's, 18-20 June 1919, Well known and extensive collection of English pottery with some fine odl English furniture, on 18 June, lot 6; bought by Mr Stoner for Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 13.5 cm
Height: 5 7/8 in

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ Surrey ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Second quarter of 17th century
Charles I
Production date: dated AD 1633

School or Style

Wanli style

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( cobalt)

Materials used in production

reddish-buff Earthenware
white Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: IOHN POTTEN & SVSANNA:1633
  • Location: On outside of neck
  • Method of creation: Painted inglaze in blue
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: 1633
  • Location: Below lower terminal of handle
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Date

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1295-1928
Primary reference Number: 71743
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 18 July 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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