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Puzzle jug: C.1297-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


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




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue with 'birds-on-rock' pattern

Dark buff earthenware, thrown, with pierced neck, and applied handle, tin-glazed and painted in blue. Globular body with a slender neck pierced by three rows of spaced holes, standing on a solid foot which is slightly concave underneath. The wall behind the lower end of the tubular handle is pierced to permit the contents to be drawn up it to a tube which runs round the rim and has a sucking spout at right angles to the handle. A hole under the top of the handle must be blocked if this is to be possible. The lower part is painted with flowers and birds standing on rocks, ending on each side of the handle wth a broad vertical line between two narrow lines. On the neck there are two horizontal stripes and diagonal lines, and round the foot three horizontal lines. The handle and the tube round the mouth are striped.


History note: Mr Wallace Cash, Wincanton, Somerset from whom bought on 14 March, 1917 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 15.2 cm
Height: 6 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, third quarter#
Charles II
Circa 1640 CE - 1645 CE


Made in Southwark, probably at either Pickleherring or Rotherhithe

School or Style

Wanli style

Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1297-1928
Primary reference Number: 71745
Old object number: 4047
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 20 July 2018 Last processed: Tuesday 17 October 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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