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Mug: C.1342-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Pottery: Norfolk House (Probably)




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue

Buff earthenware, thrown, with applied handle, tin-glazed and painted in blue; the glaze has been removed from the base before fireing. The mug stands on a disk base which is slightly concave. It has a bulbous body, a cylindrical neck and a loop handle of oval section with a pinched terminal. The body is decorated with a long label edged by narrow double blue lines and a scalloped line, inscribed 'GOD.SAVE.KING.WILLIAM.&.Q.M.' The neck is encircled by Chinese scrolls between pairs of faint horizontal bands, and down the outside of the handle there is a vertical row of chevrons.


History note: Mr Letts, London, from whom purchased on 11 October 1926 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 9.4 cm
Width: 10 cm
Width: 4 in

Place(s) associated

  • Lambeth ⪼ London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, Late
William III and Mary II
Circa 1689 CE - 1694 CE

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue from cobalt)
Visible Surfaces composed of tin-glaze
Body And Neck

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: the Q looks like a 2 with a loop in it

  • Location: On body
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: no 4049/small delft jug/ in blue/'God Save King/William & Q M'/probably Bristol/b in London/Oct 11 1926
  • Location: On inside of neck
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink, now faded to brown
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1342-1928
Primary reference Number: 71840
Old object number: 4049
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 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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