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Posset pot: C.1506 & A-1928

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: Brislington Pottery (Possibly)
Factory: unidentified London pottery




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

Buff earthenware tin-glazed pale turquoise-green, and painted in blue. The pot has a bulbous body with a short straight neck a d stands on three small feet in the form of birds. On the front there is a sucking spout, and on either side a loop handle with a serpent on its back and spirals of clay on either side of the lower end. The domed cover has a flange round the edge, and two handles similar to those on the body flanking a ball-shaped knob surmouned by a small bird. The sides and cover are decorated with Chinese figures in oriental landscapes, and the knob with floral sprays. On the front, to viewer's left of the spout are the initials 'B/I.E' and on the right of it, the date '1687'


History note: Private collection near Winchester; Messrs. Sargent and Fisher, Palmer Street, Westminster from whom purchased for £12 on 2 March 1906 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge. Lent to the Fitzwilliam Museum on either 2 or 4 November 1909

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 29.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Bristol ⪼ England
  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, Late
Production date: dated AD 1687

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware
pale turquoise-green Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: the initials and date are separated by the spout

  • Text: B/I.E 1687
  • Location: On front
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1506 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 72111
Old object number: 2512
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 16 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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