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Puzzle jug: C.1441-1928

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Pottery: Lambeth Pottery (Possibly)
Pottery: Rotherhithe Pottery (Possibly)




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue and dark manganese-purple

Reddish-buff earthenware, pierced with holes, covered with bluish tin-glaze, painted in blue and dark manganese-purple. The jug stands on a slightly domed circular foot. It has a bulbous body flattened on both sides on each of which is a domed and perforated projection resembling a wheel. The narrow neck and three rows of pierced holes, and round the mouth there are three spouts projecting from a tube which connects to the hollow handle. This has a hole on the underside near the top, and at the bottom has a hole which leads into the body. Inside there is a two-headed bird. The foot of the jug is encircled by Chinese ju-i motifs, the body is decorated with flowers, leave and insects, and on the shoulder has the initials and date 'P/NM/1686'. The back of the handle is decorated with Chinese scrolls.


History note: William Fuller Maitland, Stansted Hall, Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex; Fuller Maitland sale held in September 1922 ; Mr J. Wordingham of Hope House, Coram Road, Norwich, who brought it to Cambridge on approval on 13 October, and from whom it was bought for £10 on 16 October by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 23 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England
  • Rotherhithe ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, Late
James II
Production date: dated AD 1686


Probably made in London at either the Lambeth or Rotherhithe potteries

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue from cobalt and manganese-purple)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: P/NM/1686
  • Location: On shoulder
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1441-1928
Primary reference Number: 72007
Old object number: 3970
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 17 October 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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