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Posset pot: C.1648 & A-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Pottery: Brislington Pottery (Probably)
Pottery: unidentified London pottery (Probably)




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue and black with Chinese figures in landscapes

Buff earthenware, tin-glazed greenish-white, and painted in blue with black (manganese?) outlines. The pot has a bulbous body with short cylindrical neck. An S-shaped tubular spout is applied to one side, and it has two handles which are flat on the inside and rounded on the outside, and have rolled terminals. The domed cover has a flange round the edge and a button-shaped knob. The sides of the pot and cover are decorated with Chinese figures in landscapes in Ming-Transitional style. On the lower part of the pot there are two on either side of the spout, and one across the back in which the figure stands beside a vase on a low table. Round the neck there is a border of flowerheads flanked by Chinese scrolls, and there are similar motifs placed vertically on the spout.The handles are decorated wth horizontal stripes, lines and dots.


History note: W.Cole Plow-Wright, Esq., Swaffham, Norfolk (a collection formed during the last forty years); sold Puttick & Simpson, London, 12 December 1905, lot 43; bought by Mr S.G. Fenton for Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 22 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Brislington ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England
  • London ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, Late
William III and Mary II
William III (1750-1702)
Circa 1690 CE - 1700 CE


The greenish glaze suggests that it was probably made at Brislington, but decoration of this type appears on London and Brislington and Bristol delftware. The Chinese figures in landscapes were derived from Ming Transitional porcelain or from Japanese porcelain decorated in that style.

School or Style

Ming Transitional

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1648 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 72384
Old object number: 2540
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 July 2017 Last processed: Tuesday 17 October 2023

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

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