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Jug: C.1311-1928

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Pottery: Pickleherring Pottery
Proprietor of pottery: Newnham, Richard




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue with the arms and motto of the Apothecaries' Company

Buff earthenware tin-glazed painted in blue. The jug has a bulbous body with pinched up lip, and on either side of it, a small embossment to simulate an eye; a grooved loop handled divided in the form of a fleur-de-lys at the lower end; and stands on a low foot. Both rim and foot mounted in silver. Decorated on the front with the full arms of the Apothecaries' Company with motto: 'OPIFER:QVE:PER: ORBEM:DICOR'; at the sides and on the neck, sea-shore scenes with buildings and sailing-ships. Two narrow borders of leafy scrollwork encircle the foot. Belowthe handle are the initials and date 'E.V/1650'. The mounts bear the London hallmark for 1844.


History note: J.E. Hodgkin Collection;sold by the executors to Mr Wilfred Harding to Mr Wilfrid Harding, London, from whom purchased for £70 on 17 September 1913 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 24.7 cm
Height: 9 3/4 in

Place(s) associated

  • Southwark ⪼ Surrey ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, Mid#
Production date: circa AD 1650 : dated 1650; mounts 1844


The initials EV associate the jug with the Varenne, a French Huguenot family of apothecaries who practised in London in the 17th and 18th century. Several members of the family were named Ezekiel.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of cobalt
Mounts composed of silver

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Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Location: On front
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: E.V/1650
  • Location: Under handle
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription
  • Location: On rim and foot
  • Type: Hallmark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1311-1928
Primary reference Number: 71770
Old object number: 3648
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 8 September 2023 Last processed: Friday 16 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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