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Mug: C.1560-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Pottery: Unidentified Lambeth Pottery (Probably)




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue with men and animals in a landscape with buildings

Buff earthenware, thrown, tin-glazed, and painted in blue and a little reddish-brown, and having an inserted glass base - probably original. The cylindrical body of the mug slopes outwards towards the base, and has an applied loop handle with is of oval section with a long pinched terminal. The exterior is decorated with a continuous landscape including with from left to right: a tree, a house with an ornamental fence in front of it, a seated man talking to two standing men, a dog, a smaller house and tree, and in the middle distance above, a small flock of six sheep and groups of flying birds. Below the scene there are two narrow horizontal bands.The upper and lower edges are banded in reddish-brown. The outside of the handle is decorated with foliated scroll-like motifs.


History note: Stewart Acton, dealer in Brighton, by whom sent on approval to Cambridge where it arrived on 24 June 1924 and was bought on 29 June for £10 by DrJ.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 15.6 cm
Width: 16.2 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Lambeth ⪼ London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 18th century
George III
Circa 1790 CE - 1795 CE

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue from cobalt)
Body And Handle composed of tin-glazing earthenware
Base composed of lead-glass

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular paper label with cut corners and a dark greenish-blue line round the edge.

  • Text: virtually illegible
  • Location: Inside on side
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in very faded black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1560-1928
Primary reference Number: 72222
Old object number: 4381
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 11 January 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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