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Posset pot: C.1513 & A-1928

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


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




Tin-glazed earthenware painted and sponged in blue with putti, insects and trees

Buff earthenware, tin-glazed and painted and sponged in blue. The pot has a bulbous body with a short sloping neck, an applied tubular spout, and two strap handles which are rounded on the inside and concave on the outside. The domed cover has a narrow flange round the edge, and a mushroom-shaped finial. The front is decorated on either side of the spout with a stout putto holding an arrow standing beside a sponged tree and plants, and with schematic birds and clouds above. On the back there is a central putto between two trees and plants, two flying putti holding arrows, a large insect, and numerous schematic birds and clouds. The neck is encircled by a border of ju-i scrolls with two horizontal lines above and below. The spout has short strokes on the sides, and horizontal strokes interrupted by two circles on the front. The handles have a line down each side, and horizontal stripes interrupted by two ellipses on the back. The cover is decorated with three flying putti, three sponged trees, and plants.


History note: Said by the vendor to have come from Bromley Kent; Mr F.C. Fripp (watchmaker and jeweller) 1 Beach Street, Dover, who sold it for £3 to Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 22.2 cm
Width: 24.5 cm

Place(s) associated

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

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Early#
Queen Anne
Circa 1710 CE - 1720 CE


This pot was probably made in London, but might have been made at either Brislington or Bristol

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue from cobalt)
Cover Width 17.6 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1513 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 72124
Old object number: 3845
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 22 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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