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Two-handled cup and cover: C.1509 & A-1928

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Probably Brislington Pottery (Pottery)
Possibly Unidentified Bristol pottery (Pottery)


Buff earthenware, tin-gazed bluish-white and painted in blue. The goblet-shaped cup stands on a high domed foot. On each side it has a handle made of two rolls of clay with a serpent applied to the outside, and twisted lower terminals. The domed cover is in the form of a crown with alternating fleur-de-lys and Maltese crosses round the edge, and a large knob surrounded by four everted leaves and surmounted by a Maltese cross. Below the rim of the cup is a panel inscribed 'IH' and on the other side, another inscribed '1700'. The sides of the cup are decorated wth a cupid armed with a bow and arrows, and a naked figure wth a spear amidst stylized plants, dotted circles, and dots. The cover is decorated with stylized flowers, foliage, and dotted circles.


History note: Possibly from the Hodgkin collection and offered to Dr Glaisher about 1913 by Mr Harding, London; Mr Frank Stoner, London, from whom purchased for £5 on 29 October 1920 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge.

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 29.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Brislington ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England
  • Bristol ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Early 18th Century
Production date: dated AD 1700

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue derived from cobalt oxide) Body Fleur-de-lys Handles Maltese Crosses

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware very shiny bluish-white Tin-glazing

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: I H
  • Location: In panel below the rim
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Initials
  • Text: 1700
  • Location: In panel below the rim
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Date

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1509 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 72114
Old object numbe: 4863
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 16 July 2020 Last processed: Saturday 15 January 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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