Skip to main content

Bowl: C.1692-1928

An image of Bowl

Photograph copyright © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Terms of use

These images are provided for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons License (BY-NC-ND). To license a high resolution version, please contact our image library who will discuss fees, terms and waivers.

Download this image

Creative commons explained - what it means, how you can use our's and other people's content.

Colours in this image

Alternative views

Object information


Probably Brislington Pottery (Pottery)
Probably Unidentified Bristol pottery (Pottery)


Tin-glazed earthenare painted in polychrome with a half-length figure of James Butler, 2nd Duke of Ormonde

Buff earthenware, thrown, tin-glazed and painted in blue, green, and red. Circular with a narrow pie-crust rim, and deep curved sides, standing on a footring. In the middle enclosed by two blue concentric circles is a half-lenth portrait of James Butler, 2nd Duke of Ormond (1665-1745), with on either side of his head the letters ‘D’ and ‘O’. This is surrounded by a border of interlacing green and red curved lines. The rim has a border of radiating green and red Vs.


History note: Bought in Hereford by the vendor, Mr Stoner of London; purchased from him for £4 on 4 November 1908 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 6.9 cm

At the moment, this record does not display units or type of measurements. We will rectify this as soon as possible.

Place(s) associated

  • Brislington ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England
  • Bristol ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Early 18th Century
Queen Anne
George I
Circa 1705 CE - 1714 CE


The bowl was probably made at Brislington or Bristol. It is most likely to have been made about the time of his promotion to Captain-General of the English forces in 1711 in succession to the Duke of Marlborough. It seems unlikely that it was made after the Duke of Ormonde's involvement in the Jacobite rising of 1715, after which he went into exile on the Continent.

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, green, and red) Rim

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Buff earthenware, thrown, with crimped pie-crust rim, tin-glazed, and painted in blue, green and red; three peg-marks on the underside of the rim

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: D O
  • Location: Inside bowl
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Initials

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1692-1928
Primary reference Number: 72464
Old object number: 2875
Stable URI

Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 4 October 2019 Last processed: Saturday 15 January 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

Citation for print

This record can be cited in the Harvard Bibliographic style using the text below:

The Fitzwilliam Museum (2022) "Bowl" Web page available at: Accessed: 2022-06-27 10:36:22

Citation for Wikipedia

To cite this record on Wikipedia you can use this code snippet:

{{cite web|url= |title=Bowl |author=The Fitzwilliam Museum|accessdate=2022-06-27 10:36:22|publisher=The University of Cambridge}}

Bootstrap HTML code for reuse

To use this as a simple code embed, copy this string:

                <div class="text-center my-3">
                    <figure class="figure">
                        <img src=""
                        class="img-fluid" />
                        <figcaption class="figure-caption text-info">Bowl</figcaption>

Please enter your name as you would like to be addressed
Please enter your email address
The object accession number - this is prefilled
Please enter your query with as much detail as possible

Suggested products from Curating Cambridge

You might be interested in this...

Sign up for updates

Updates about future exhibitions and displays, family activities, virtual events & news. You'll be the first to know...