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Cup: C.1313-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


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




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue. Inscribed on a horizontal label, 'RICHARD: WRIGHT: &: ELIZABETH'

Buff earthenware, thrown, with applied handle, tin-glazed, and painted in blue. The cup has a bulbous body and stands on a foot, the loop handle is rounded on the exterior. Across the front there is a rectangular panel enclosing the inscription 'RICHARD : WRIGHT : & : ELIZABETH : 1650' . At either end there is a grotesque head with a protruding tongue at each end, and along the top and bottom a border of trefoil leaves or palmettes alternating with cone shapes formed by curved horizontal lines.


History note: Robert Drane (1833-1914), Cardiff; sold Sotheby's, 3 July 1916, Silver and works of art ….Jacobean relics, Stuart embroideries, lot 359; bought by Mr Stoner for Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Beqjuest

Measurements and weight

Height: 11.4 cm
Width: 15.1 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Southwark ⪼ Surrey ⪼ England
  • Rotherhithe ⪼ Surrey ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Mid 17th century
Production date: dated AD 1650 : dated


The mug was probably made in Southwark at the Pickleherring Pottery or Rotherhithe pottery

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of cobalt-blue

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Inscription or legends present

  • Text: RICHARD : WRIGHT : & : ELIZABETH : 1650
  • Location: Around front on exterior
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1313-1928
Primary reference Number: 71776
Old object number: 4094
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 7 June 2017 Last processed: Monday 26 September 2022

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

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