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Two-handled cup: C.1661 & A-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Production: Belfast Pothouse (Probably)




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue, yellowish-green, and yellow

Buff earthenware, tin-glazed and painted in blue, yellowish-green, and yellow. The deep-sided cup stands on a low domed foot, and has a wide band of gadrooning round its lower part and a narrow band a short distance below the rim. It has two scroll handles which are flat on the inside and curved on the outside, and have applied spiny reptiles with open mouths at the top. The slightly domed cover has a central pillar with a globular pierced knob and two arching handles similar to those on the pot. The top of the pot is decorated with a horizontal border of flowers and foliage, below which are larger floral arrangements. The lower gadroons are decorated with small plants outlined in alternating colours. The foot is decorated with geometric or formal plant motifs, and there are scrolls down the sides of the handles. The cover is decorated en suite, has an inscription in blue 'B/R*M/1712'.


History note: Christie's, 12 July 1921, part of lot 98, described as a 'race' [cup]; bought by Mr Wilfred Harding (dealer), London, from whom purchased for £30 on 29 November 1922 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 38.1 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Belfast ⪼ Ireland

Acquisition and important dates

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


This very unusual two-handled cup was probably made at the Belfast Pothouse, operating from c. 1697-1725

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Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: B/R*M/1712
  • Location: On underside of cover
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1661 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 72403
Old object number: 4079
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 11 August 2016 Last processed: Friday 16 February 2024

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

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