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Tankard: C.1545 & A-1928

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Probably unidentified London pottery (Production)


Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue with an oriental landscape, flowers, and foliage

Buff earthenware, thrown, with applied handle and separate cover, tin-glazed bluish-white, and painted in blue. The body is cylindrical with a projecting base which is concave underneath, and an S-shaped handle which is rounded on the exterior and has a heart-shaped terminal. The cover has a high dome. The sides are decorated with an oriental style landscape with trees,flowering plants and a fence, with above a stylized pendant leaf border, and below an interlacing line border. The over is decorated with a central floral spray, a wreath of leaves, and a narrow border of interlacing lines.


History note: Bought at Puttick & Simpson by Mr S.G. Fenton, Cranbourn Street, London, who sold it for £7 on 15 May 1916 to Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 16.1 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Third quarter of 18th century
George II
George III
Circa 1755 CE - 1770 CE


The form of the tankard is comparable to pewter and silver tankards of c. 1740-60

Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

bluish-white Tin-glazing buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1545 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 72195
Old object number: 4083
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 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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