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Salt: C.1419-1928

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Pottery: Pickleherring Pottery
Pottery: Montague Close Pottery




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue and yellow

Buff earthenware, press-moulded, tin-glazed yellowish-white and painted in blue and a little yellow. Rectangular with a rectangular depression in the top for the salt, and four feet with leaves in relief on the corners above them. The two short sides are moulded in relief with an oval shield, and the two long sides with a winged cherub's head with a semi-circular projection below. The decoration is blue except for the cherub's wings. The depression for the salt is painted with a spray of foliage surrounded by two lines and a row of dots. The outer edge of the top is decorated with pairs of slanting lines alternating with a thicker pointed line (perhaps in imitation of gadrooning). The shields are painted with the arms of the City of London, and the cherub's heads are outlined in blue with yellow wings. The foliage on the corners is outlined in blue. On the base there is a large blue X .


History note: Mr Stoner, King Street, St James’s, London from whom purchased probably for £4.10s in 1902 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 9.8 cm
Length: 13 cm
Width: 9.4 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Southwark ⪼ Surrey ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, second quarter#
Charles I
Circa 1630 CE - 1640 CE


Probably made in Southwark at either the Pickleherring or Montague Close pottery

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue and yellow)

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware
yellowish-white Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Buff earthenware, moulded, tin-glazed yellowish-white, and painted in blue with a little yellow

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: X
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1419-1928
Primary reference Number: 71958
Old object number: 1465
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 15 August 2019 Last processed: Friday 16 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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