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Pharmacy jar: C.1337-1928

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Pottery: unidentified London pottery (Probably)
Pottery: Brislington Pottery (Probably)




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue. Slightly bulbous cylindrical body, standing on a low foot; short cylindrical neck with an everted rim. Decorated on the front with a label inscribed 'CONF:ALKERM: S: M', with above a an angel's head with outstretched wings, and below, the initials and date 'R:W/1682'


History note: Sotheby's, 5 June 1905, part of lot 249; bought by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 8.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England
  • Brislington ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, Late
Charles II
Production date: dated AD 1682


Probably made in London or at Brislington. The initials RW probably stand for Richard Whittle (or White), Apothecary General to the Army (1666-1689)

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoratin composed of high-temperature colour ( blue from cobalt)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Earthenware, thrown, tin-glazed, and painted in cobalt-blue; the underside was wiped free of glaze before firing

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: CONF:ALKERM: S: M
  • Location: On front
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: R:W/1682
  • Location: On front below label inscription
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1337-1928
Primary reference Number: 71831
Old object number: 2262
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 20 August 2020 Last processed: Friday 16 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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