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Punch bowl: C.1752-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Pottery: World's End Pottery
Proprietor: Delamain, Henry




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue, green, yellow and manganese-purple

Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue, green, yellow, and manganese-purple. Circular with very deep, sloping sides curving inwards towards the high footring. The exterior is decorated with sprays of large flowers and between two of them, a crest of the Verner or Vernor family, a boar's head couped. Across the bottom of the interior is the inscription ‘DRINK DRINK WHILST YE HAVE BREATH/FOR THERE IS NO DRINKING AFTER DEATH/T.V. 1756’. The whole of the rest of the interior is scattered with small floral sprays.


History note: Probbly Thomas Verner )or Vernor) (d. 1788) of Vernor's Bridge, County Armagh. Bought by an Irish dealer, Mr Sinclair (?) in Vernor's Bridge, County Armagh; sold by him to Archibald Acheson, 4th Earl of Gosford (1841-1922), Gosford Castle, near Armagh; sold, Gosford Castle sale (Earl of Gosford collection) Christie's, 21-22 April, 1921, lot 98; 'Catalogue of a Collection . . . Removed from a Castle in Ireland, first day lot 98; bought for 44 guineas by Frank Stoner of London; purchased from Mr Stoner for £57 on 8 December, 1922 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 18 cm
Height: 7 1/8 in

Place(s) associated

  • Dublin ⪼ Ireland

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Mid
George II
Production date: dated AD 1756


The crest is that of the Verner (or Vernor) family of Vernor's Bridge, County Armagh, Ireland. The initials are those of Thomas Verner (d. 1788) for whom the bowl was probably made. The inscription is taken from a version of a ballad 'Down among the Dead Men' with words by the Welsh poet John Dyer (1700-58): 'Here's a health to the Queen, and a lasting peace/To faction an end, and to wealth increase,/Come let's drink it while we have breath,/For there's no drinking after death,/And he that will this health deny/Down among the dead men let him lie'. In the original the Queen referred to was Queen Ann. Some later versions begin 'Here's a health to the King'.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, sage-green yellow, pale manganese-purple)
Rim Diameter 36.2 cm Diameter 14¼ in

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Buff earthenware, thrown, tin-glazed, and painted in blue, sage-green, yellow, and pale manganese-purple high-temperature (oxide) colours

Inscription or legends present

  • Location: At bottom of inside of bowl
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1752-1928
Primary reference Number: 72563
Old object number: 4056
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 2 October 2019 Last processed: Tuesday 17 October 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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