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Mug: C.1582-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


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




Buff earthenare, tin-glazed, and painted in blue and manganese-purple. Cylindrical with a slightly recessed base, and a loop handle which is rounded on the outside. On its top there is a bear sitting up and holding a ragged staff. The sides are decorated with a cart containing two casks drawn by two horses in tandem, and standing to the left of it, two carters shaking hands. Both of them hold whips and the one nearest to the leading horse also holds a large tankard. Above the cart is a scroll inscribed 'G:oh. Pollard' and above the carters, another scroll inscribed 'Here's to you JEMMey'. Between the scrolls is a shield charged with three stags heads erased. The top edge is bordered by a cusped line with small stylized leaves below the cusps, and round the bottom edge there is a scalloped line. Down the back of the handle there is a stylized flower, and paired leaves separated by dots decreasing in size towards the lower terminal. The bear is blue with touches of manganese on its back and sides.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 18.1 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


Third quarter of 18th century
Circa 1750 CE - 1760 CE


This exceptionally well-painted mug was probably made in London or Bristol. The coat of arms on the front may have been an inn sign. The bear with a ragged staff was the badge of the Earls of Warwick, but is unlikely to indicate a direct connection with that family.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue (cobalt) and manganese-purple)

Materials used in production

bluish-white Tin-glaze
buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: G:oh. Pollard
  • Location: On exterior to left of handle
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: Here's to you JEMMey
  • Location: On exterior to right of handle
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: rectangular with cut corners and black line on edge

  • Text: illegible
  • Location: On base near edge
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in faded ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1582-1928
Primary reference Number: 72261
Old object number: 4210
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 16 August 2019 Last processed: Monday 26 September 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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