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Cistern: C.1386-1928

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Maker(s)

Possibly Norfolk House (Production)

Description

Earthenware, moulded, tin-glazed dark blue, and painted in white

Buff earthenware, moulded, tin-glazed dark blue, and painted in white. Oval with convex sides, and a wide out-turned rim, supported on three hollow bun feet, each pierced by a hole . At each end there is a moulded lion’s mask holding an upturned ring in its mouth. The inside is painted with a Chinese figure seated in a landscape and with alternating wavy lines and small circles round the rim. The exterior is decorated on each side with a Chinese figure seated in a landscape and with a lower border of alternating small circles and wavy lines, and above a band of groups of grasses.

Notes

History note: Purchased in London about 1897 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 14 cm
Length: 25.5 cm

Relative size of this object

25.5 cm14 cm What does this represent?

Relative size of this object is displayed using code inspired by Good Form and Spectacle's work on the British Museum's Waddeson Bequest website and their dimension drawer. They chose a tennis ball to represent a universally sized object, from which you could envisage the size of an object.

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ Surrey ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

Late 17th Century
Charles II
James II
William III and Mary II
Circa 1680 CE - 1695 CE

Note

Sherds of blue delftware have been found on the site of the Norfolk House pottery in Lambeth, but it may also have been made elsewhere in London, and at Brislington, near Bristol. The Oriental design, featuring a chinaman in a landscape with brush-like tree and shrubs, was probably derived from Chinese Transitional style porcelain or Japanese imitations of it.

This form imitates the massive silver cisterns used to cool wine bottles in cold water or ice.

School or Style

Baroque Oriental style

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( white)

Materials used in production

dark blue Tin-glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Buff earthenware, moulded, with applied handles and feet, tin-glazed dark blue, and painted in white.
Tin-glazing

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1386-1928
Primary reference Number: 71902
Old object number: 1276
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 10 February 2021 Last processed: Saturday 15 January 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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