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Posset pot: C.1319 & A-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Possibly Pickleherring Pottery (Pottery)
Possibly Rotherhithe Pottery (Pottery)


Tin-glazed earthenware, decorated with bosses pushed up from inside, and inscribed in blue 'K.G/1651' below a crown. The underside of the cover is dated '1651'.

Buff earthenware with bosses pushed up from inside, tin-glazed, and painted in blue. Cylindrical with two loop handles and a sucking spout, the cover with a flange round the edge, two rows of bosses on the dome, and a depressed ball finial. Decorated on the side opposite to the spout witha crown, and below the initials and date 'K.G/1651' flanked by acanthus foliage with a grotesque mask below. The date is also inscribed on the underside of the cover.


History note: Said to have been made for Mr Keelynge Greenway and to have been sold by a descendant at whose sale it was bought by William Edkins; his sale, Sotheby's, 21 May 1891,Old English pottery and porcelain and other objects of art; bought by J.E. Hodgkin (d. 1912 ); Mr Wilfred Harding, London, from whom purchased in September 1913 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 17.2 cm
Height: 17 cm
Width: 23.5 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Southwark ⪼ 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 1651 : dated twice


Made either in the Pickleherring pottery or the Rotherhithe pottery in Southwark

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of cobalt-blue Body

Materials used in production

Tin-glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: K . G over date 1651
  • Location: On front of pot
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Initials
  • Text: 1651
  • Location: Inside cover
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Date

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1319 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 71782
Old object number: 3649
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 23 August 2018 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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