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Wine cooler: C.1387-1928

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: unidentified London pottery (Possibly)
Maker: Brislington Pottery (Possibly)
Maker: Unidentified Bristol pottery (Possibly)




Earthenware moulded, with applied handles and feet, tin-glazed dark blue and painted in opaque white. Oval with flat base, gadrooned sides, outward curving wavy rim, and at each end, an applied lion's mask and a twisted ring handle passing through its mouth (one mostly missing), supported on three bun feet, the base of each pierced by a circular hole. Each side is painted in white with a Chinese figure in a landscape in late Ming style between borders of scrolls. A border of similar scrolls is inside the rim.


History note: Barton Collection, Cambrdige; acquired about 1894 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 15.5 cm
Length: 28 cm

Relative size of this object

28 cm15.5 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England
  • Brislington ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England
  • Bristol ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


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


Formerly attributed to London, but might also have been made at Brislington or Bristol

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( white)

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware
dark blue Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Rectangular label with a small blue motif in each corner

  • Text: Flower pot/blue enamel with white/decoration/b. in Cambrdige/ about 1894/Came from the/collection of Mr/Barton, editor/of the Stamford/Mercury
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Handwritten in black ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1387-1928
Primary reference Number: 71903
Old object number: 642
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 16 July 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 11 January 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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