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Jug: C.1533-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


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




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue with a dinner party

Buff earthenware tin-glazed bluish-white, and painted in blue. The jug has a bulbous body with a short neck and large sparrow-beak lip, a loop handle which is concave on the inside and has an upward 'kick' at the lower end, and a low foot which is slightly concave underneath. The front is decorated with a family taking dinner at a round table surrounded by leafy scrollwork. Below is the date '1749' over a shell. Above are four putti, one of whom holds a punchbowl. On the left of the scene there are three serving-men, one of whom holds a tankard, and on the right, a gentleman and a lady are walking in a gardan, and a man is spilling liquid from a jug. Below the rim there is a wide border of scrolling foliage, and on each side of the lip, a dolphin. The handle is decorated with scrolling foliage, a lion's mask on the terminal, and rows of dots down the sides. The junction of the foot and body is encircled by a 'Van Dyke' border


History note: Christie's, 1 February 1910, lot 42; bought for £19.19s.0d. by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 18.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England
  • Bristol ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Mid
George II
Production date: dated AD 1749


Possibly made in either London or Bristol

Tin-glazed earthenware, painted on one side with a dinner-party or wedding feast with the date ‘1749’ above, and on the other side with a lady and gentleman in a garden.

School or Style


Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

bluish-white Tin-glaze
buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 1749
  • Location: On front
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Date

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1533-1928
Primary reference Number: 72177
Old object number: 3105
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 16 February 2021 Last processed: Friday 16 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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