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Jug: C.1296-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Pottery: Pickleherring Pottery (Probably)
Proprietor of pottery: Townsend, Thomas (Southwark)




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue

Dark buff earthenware, thrown, with applied handle, tin-glazed and painted in blue. Bulbous body with cylindrical neck, standing on a foot which is slightly concave underneath. The broad strap handle has a longitudinal depression on the exterior, and a pinched lower terminal. The body is decorated with 'birds on rocks' pattern in late-Ming style. The shoulder is decorated with a trellis pattern between sets of narrow horizontal bands, and on the neck there is scrolling foliage with a set of horizontal bands above. Below the main field there is a band of trellis pattern between sets of horizontal bands, and there is a broad band round the edge of the foot. The back of the handle is blue. Below the lower terminal is the date '1633'


History note: Mr Letts of 100-101, Great Russell Street, London from whom purchased for £25 on 11 October, 1916 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 23 cm
Height: 9 1/16 in

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


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


The decoration, known as 'birds-on-rocks' was derived from Chinese Wanli period blue and white porcelain.

School or Style

Wanli style

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue)

Materials used in production

dark buff Earthenware
white Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 1633
  • Location: Below the lower handle terminal
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Date

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1296-1928
Primary reference Number: 71744
Old object number: 4044
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 20 August 2018 Last processed: Wednesday 11 January 2023

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

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