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Fuddling cup: C.1306-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Probably Rotherhithe Pottery (Pottery)
Probably Unidentified Southwark Pottery (Pottery)


Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue with stylized flowers and foliage, and inscribed '1649'

Dark buff earthenware, thrown as four pots joined together and linked by connecting holes in their bulbous parts, each having two handles entwined with the next vessel. Tin-glazed and painted in blue. The pots are painted with stylized flowers and foliage, and the handles are dabbed with spots. The date 1649 has one digit on each of the pots.


History note: Cyril Andrade, London, from whom purchased ion 22 June 1922 for £25 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 7.5 cm
Width: 13.5 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Mid 17th century
Charles I
Production date: dated AD 1649 : Charles I was beheaded in 1649


Made in London, at either a Southwark pottery or the Rotherhithe pottery

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of cobalt-blue Cups

Materials used in production

dark buff Earthenware Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 1649
  • Location: One digit on each of the four pots
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Date

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1306-1928
Primary reference Number: 71765
Old object number: 3819
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 7 June 2017 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

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

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