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Jar: C.1786-1928

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Fritware coated in a white glaze painted with polychrome enamels

Fritware, wheel thrown, coated in a white glaze painted with red, yellow, blue, green and brown enamels
Shape: inverted pear-shaped body, ascending onto a collared neck and indented rectangular rim, sits on a flat disc base that protrudes from the lower body.
Exterior: on the body three decorative friezes incorporate medallions painted with various scenes. On the upper register quatre foils with polychrome floral sprays and lozenges with square ends containing brown buildings flanked by trees, all painted on a red cross-hatched ground. The central frieze incorporates lobbed diamonds containing vases of polychrome flowers or landscape scenes, some of which are framed, in pink or blue. The spandrels between these medallions contain floral sprays. On the lowest resister lobbed diamonds contain rosettes reserved in blue of brown floral sprays. Dividing these friezes and on the neck, bands of circles, lozenges or squares, with the red examples often defined by a white outline and reserved in blue. The rim is partially covered with yellow and just above the base a band of brown scrolling vegetation is painted. Glaze runs over the lower body and foot ring unevenly.
Interior: a green glaze coats the body, running over onto the white glaze of the neck in one place.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Dr. J.W.L. Glaisher

Measurements and weight

Height: 44.5 cm
Weight: 6190 g
Width: 26.5 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

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


19th century
Circa 1800 CE - Circa 1899 CE

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Components of the work

Interior composed of glazing (coating) ( green)
Exterior Body composed of enamel ( red, yellow, blue, green and brown) glazing (coating) ( white)
Rim Diameter 13.5 cm
Base Diameter 17.5 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, wheel thrown, coated in a white glaze painted with red, yellow, blue, green and brown enamels

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1786-1928
Primary reference Number: 72610
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 29 November 2018 Last processed: Wednesday 11 January 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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