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Punch bowl: C.1587-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Production: Brislington Pottery (Probably)




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue and manganese outside with Chinese figures in a landscape, and inside with Bacchus holding a bunch of grapes, and sitting on a barrel

Buff earthenware covered with tin-glaze which has crawled in areas near the rim and has numerous pin-holes. Circular with deep curved sides, standing on a footring. The interior is decorated with Bacchus holding a bunch of grapes, sitting on a barrel beside a wine pot, encircled by two narrow concentric circles. Below the rim, beween pairs of narrow bands there is a border of five groups of scrolls interspersed with a highly stylized flower head.The exterior has Chinese figures, some of whom smoke pipes, in an Oriental garden with rocks and plants. Above is a border similar to that inside.


History note: William Nunn, Bury St Edmunds, who said he had owned it for eighteen years; sold for £4.10s.0d. on 8 April 1925 to Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Place(s) associated

  • Brislington ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, Late
Circa 1680 CE - 1690 CE

School or Style

Ming Transitional

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of manganese cobalt-blue

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Earthenware, thrown, tin-glazed, and painted in blue and manganese-purple

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1587-1928
Primary reference Number: 72266
Old object number: 4529
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 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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