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Water bottle: C.1724-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Production: Unidentified Liverpool pottery




Tin-glazed earthenware water-bottle, painted in high-temperature 'Fazackerley' colours with flowers, fruit and a Chinese figure.

Buff earthenware, thrown, tin-glazed and painted in blue, yellow, brownish-orange and olive green, outlined in manganese-black. Bulbous, with a long narrow neck and cup-shaped mouth. On the body, id a large spray of formal flowers and a figure of a man carrying a basket of fruit; a diaper and floral border encircles the neck.


History note: Acquired by the vendor, Mr Plumb, at Litlington, Cambridgeshire; purchased for £7.10s. 0d. on 4 August 1923 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 22.8 cm
Height: 9 in

Place(s) associated

  • Liverpool ⪼ Lancashire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Mid#
George III
Circa 1760 CE - 1765 CE


The distinctive palette is known as 'Fazackerly'.

Water bottles, also known as ‘guglets’, were supplied in sets with basins for washing.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( in blue, yellow, brownish-orange and olive green, outlined in manganese-black)
Body Diameter 14 cm

Materials used in production

bluish Tin-glaze
buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue, yellow, brownish-orange and olive green, outlined in manganese-black high-temperature (metallic oxide) colours; footring wiped clean of glaze

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1724-1928
Primary reference Number: 72532
Old object number: 4327
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 16 February 2021 Last processed: Friday 16 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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