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Posset pot: C.1510 & A-1928

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


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




Buff earthenware, tin-glazed bluish-white and painted in blue. The pot has a bulbous body with a wide neck and stands on a low convex foot. In the middle of the front there is a curved sucking spout, and on each side, a handle formed of two conjoined rolls of clay with twisted lower terminals and a serpent applied to the outside. The shallow domed cover has a flange round the edge, two similar but smaller handles and a central vase-shaped knob with square perforations round its sides. The body and cover are decorated with Chinese figures in indoor or garden settings. The foot is decorated with a pattern resembling ju-i lapets and there are four further borders of scrolls, criss-crosses, and petals, perhaps intended to resemble small gadroons. The sides of the handle are stripped and there are Chinese scrolls on the front of the spout. The underside of the base and cover are inscribed 'PM/1701', with four groups of four dots.


History note: Said to have belonged to the Mountney family for 200 years when bought at Chesterfield by Mr Wake, Fritchley, Derbyshire; his Catalogue, no. 277, item 19; bought from Mr Wake for £3.17s. 6d. in 1907 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 34.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • 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 1701

School or Style

Kangxi Period (1662-1722)

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

bluish-white Tin-glaze
buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: P M/1701
  • Location: On underside of base and cover
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1510 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 72115
Old object number: 307
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 14 February 2023

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

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