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Posset pot: C.1360 & A-1928

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Possibly unidentified London pottery (Pottery)
Possibly Unidentified Bristol pottery (Pottery)


Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue

Buff earthenware, tin-glazed, and painted in blue. The pot has a bulbous body with a flaring neck, two handles which are convex on the outside and concave on the inside, and between them, a tubular sucking spout attached to the body and jutting forward at the top. The domed cover has a mushroom-shaped knob. The bulbous part of the body is decorated with sprays of flowers and foliage, with a horizontal row of adjacent diamond shapes separating them from the neck which is divided into panels with stylized plants with block-shaped leaves. The cover is decorated with sprays of flowers and foliage and has a borders of adjacent diamond shapes around the knob and the outer edge. Inside the cover and body is the inscription.


History note: Mr Hakoumoff, Golden Court, George Street, Richmond, Surrey; he sold it to Mr A.G. Parry of South Kensington, for £7.10s. but Hakoumoff phoned to him and on 21 March, 1921 it was purchased for £9.10s. by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 23.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England
  • Bristol ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Second quarter of 18th century
George I
George II
Circa 1720 CE - 1730 CE


The posset pot could have been made in either London or Bristol

Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

bluish-white Tin-glaze buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: A 4
  • Location: Inside cover and inside body
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1360 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 71864
Old object number: 3873
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Saturday 15 January 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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