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Tankard: C.11-1931

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Pottery: Pickleherring Pottery (Probably)




Tin-glazed earthenware, painted in blue, and mounted in silver

Reddish-buff earthenware, thrown, tin-glazed and painted in blue; the rim and foot mounted in silver. Cylindrical with an applied loop handle, concave on the outside. The front is painted with a cartouche enclosing the inscription 'S.B/1659' , framed by scrolls, long sprays of paired leaves, and at the bottom, a cherub's head. The silver mounts round the rim and base have Van-dyked edges with studs above the points. The mount round the rim is wider than the other.


History note: Said to have belonged to a member of the Bailey family of Avening, near Stroud, Gloucestershire; Bryan T. Harland collection, Croydon; sold Sotheby's, February 11-12, 1931, 'The Harland collections: the well-known collection of English Pottery; various works of art', first day, lot 66

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 22 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Southwark ⪼ Surrey ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1931-03-27) by Sotheby's


Mid 17th century
Production date: dated AD 1659


In the Harland sale catalogue the initials were said to be those of a member of the Bayley family who were churchwardens at Avening, near Stroud, from 1677 onwards.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of cobalt
Mounts composed of silver

Materials used in production

reddish-buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: S.B/1659’
  • Location: On front
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.11-1931
Primary reference Number: 71817
Glaisher Additions number: Gl. Add.25-1931
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 24 August 2022 Last processed: Tuesday 6 June 2023

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

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