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Posset pot: C.1505 & A-1928

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: Brislington Pottery (Possibly)




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue with Chinese figures in a landscape

Buff earthenware tin-glazed pale turquoise-blue and painted in blue. The pot has a bulbous body with a short straight neck, and is supported on three small feet in the shape of birds. It has a sucking spout decorated with a zig-zag of clay on the front and two loop handles each having a snake on the back with a small bird perching on it. On either side of the handles there are spirals of clay. The domed cover (A) has a flange round the edge, a pierced ball finial, and handles similar to those on the pot. The body and cover are painted with Chinese figures in landscapes and with the inscription '16/G/IA/86' on the front to the viewer's left of the spout.


History note: Law, Foulsham and Cole, South Molton Street, London, from whom bought for £125 on the Tuesday after 1 August 1917 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 28.6 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Brislington ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 17th Century
Production date: dated AD 1686

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue derived from cobalt oxide)

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware
pale turquoise-blue Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 16/G/IA/86'
  • Location: On front to viewer's left of spout
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1505 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 72110
Old object number: 4860
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 14 February 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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