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Oil lamp: C.1892-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Production: unidentified Langnau pottery




Buff earthenware, marbled with white and dark brown clay over a red slip, and coated with yellow lead-glaze. the lamp has a spreading circular base, rising into a short stem at the top of which is a cup-shaped receptacle pinched into a lip in front, and having inside it a nozzle open along the top for a wick; a loop handle is attached to the opposite side, and curves downwards to meet a flat projection around the stem.


History note: Madame Jasselin, Grand rue 37, Bern from whom bought for 12 francs on 14 August 1913 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge.

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 11 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Langnau ⪼ Canton of Bern ⪼ Switzerland

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th Century, Early#
Circa 1800 CE - 1830 CE

Components of the work

Surface composed of lead-glaze
Decoration composed of slip

Materials used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1892-1928
Primary reference Number: 72819
Old object number: 3677
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 6 February 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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