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Dispensing pot: C.1320-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Pottery: unidentified English pottery




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue with the initials M/W E/1653

Buff earthenware tin-glazed greyish-white, and painted overglaze in blue, at a later date. Circular with deep curved sides and everted rim, standing on a low foot which is slightly concave underneath. Initialled and dated on one side 'M/W E/1653'


History note: From 'a small collection belonging to a lady in Essex whose father, it was believed, had been a clergyman in London' who had collected them there; offered by her for sale to Collins & Clarke, Cambridge from whom purchased in 1922 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 7.9 cm
Height: 5.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Second half of 18th century
George II
George III
Circa 1750 CE - 1799 CE Circa 1891 CE - 1922 CE


The inscription was added at a later date, probably between 1891 and 1922.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue probably from cobalt)

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware
very little on base Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Earthenware, thrown, tin-glazed, and painted overglaze after firing in blue

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: M/W E/1653
  • Location: On exterior
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1320-1928
Primary reference Number: 71807
Old object number: 3925
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 11 January 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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