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Candlestick: C.1340-1928

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Pottery: Unidentified Southwark Pottery (Probably)
Pottery: Brislington Pottery (Perhaps)




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue with an Oriental landscape and inscription ‘IAM/1685’

Buff earthenware, tin-glazed and painted in blue. The circular base of the candlestick is domed and has nine bosses pushed up from below. The candlestick is cylindrical with a pie-crust edge to the nozzle (mostly lost), and a drip pan above its junction with the foot. The candlestick is decorated with rows of upward and downward pointing Vs separated by dotted bands. The base is decorated with a Chinese man seated in an Oriental landscape, and with the inscription ‘IAM/1685’.


History note: Brian T. Harland Collection, Croydon; Fenton, Oxford Street; bought from Mr Fenton on 12 September 1918 for £31.10s by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 22.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Southwark ⪼ Surrey ⪼ England
  • Brislington ⪼ Somerset ⪼ pottery

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 17th Century
Charles II
James II
Production date: dated AD 1685


Probably made in London, at Southwark, or perhaps at Brislington.

School or Style

Ming Transitional

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue)
Foot Diameter 18 cm

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: IAM/1685
  • Location: On top of foot near edge
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1340-1928
Primary reference Number: 71835
Old object number: 4693
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 16 July 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 11 January 2023

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

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