Skip to main content

Model house: C.1417-1928

An image of Model house

Terms of use

These images are provided for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons License (BY-NC-ND). To license a high resolution version, please contact our image library who will discuss fees, terms and waivers.

Download this image

Creative commons explained - what it means, how you can use our's and other people's content.

Alternative views

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Pottery: Brislington Pottery




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue and yellow

Buff earthenware, tin-glazed white except for the base, and painted in blue and yellow. The house is rectangular with a high gabled roof with a ball finial at each end. At the front there is an arched doorway with a sloping penthouse above it, and a projecting platform in front of it with flanking posts. There is a small window to the viewer's left of the doorway, and a larger window, and a human mask in relief on the gable end. On the other end of the house there are two windows and a mask. The sides and roof are painted in blue with Chinese figures in landscapes, birds, insects, snails, leafy branches, and fleurs-de-lys. and on the end opposite to the door, the initials 'DW'. The ball finials on the roof are yellow.


History note: J.E. Hodgkin (d. 1912); sold by the executors of J.E. Hodking to Mr Wilfred Harding's, London from whom purchased for £25 in September 1913 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Camridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 17.2 cm
Length: 12.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Brislington ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, Late
Charles II
James II
William III and Mary II
William III (1750-1702)
Circa 1680 CE - 1700 CE


This unique model of a house was attributed by Bernard Rackham to Lambeth, but the detached motifs on the house point to Brislington

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue and yellow)
Visible Surfaces composed of tin-glaze

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Hand-building : Buff earthenware, hand-built, and hollow, tin-glazed white except for the base, and painted in blue, and a little yellow high-temperature colour

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: DW
  • Location: On back wall of house
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1417-1928
Primary reference Number: 71953
Old object number: 3652
Stable URI

Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 20 August 2018 Last processed: Friday 16 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

Citation for print

This record can be cited in the Harvard Bibliographic style using the text below:

The Fitzwilliam Museum (2024) "Model house" Web page available at: Accessed: 2024-07-20 05:25:45

Citation for Wikipedia

To cite this record on Wikipedia you can use this code snippet:

{{cite web|url= |title=Model house |author=The Fitzwilliam Museum|accessdate=2024-07-20 05:25:45|publisher=The University of Cambridge}}

API call for this record

To call these data via our API (remember this needs to be authenticated) you can use this code snippet:

Bootstrap HTML code for reuse

To use this as a simple code embed, copy this string:

<div class="text-center">
    <figure class="figure">
        <img src=""
        alt="Model house"
        class="img-fluid" />
        <figcaption class="figure-caption text-info">Model house</figcaption>

Sign up for updates

Updates about future exhibitions and displays, family activities, virtual events & news. You'll be the first to know...