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Posset pot: C.1641 & A-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Pottery: Brislington Pottery (Possibly)




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue with Chinese figures in a landscape

Buff earthenware, tin-glazed pale turquoise and painted in blue and turquoise-green. The bulbous body stands on three feet in the form of birds. It has a curved spout in the middle of one side, and two handles formed of two joined rolls of clay with twisting terminals and snakes on their backs. The slightly domed cover has a knob in the shape of a crown enclosing a bird (head missing) and two looped handles. The sides and cover are painted with Chinese figures seated in Chinoiserie landscapes (man-in-grasses design). To the right of the spout is the inscription ‘EH/1681’.


History note: W.L. Chew Esq., Hankelow Court, Audlem, Cheshire; sold Christie’s 15-16 June 1910, Old English Pottery and Porcelain formed by W L Chew, Esq. Deceased late of Hankelow Court Audlem Cheshire; 2nd day, lot 148; bought by S.G. Fenton for £5.5; and sold by him for £9 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 16.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Brislington ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 17th Century
Production date: dated AD 1681

School or Style

Ming Transitional

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue and turquoise-green)

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware
pale turquoise-blue Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: EH/1681
  • Location: On side to right of spout
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1641 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 72372
Old object number: 3129
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 8 February 2022 Last processed: Wednesday 11 January 2023

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

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