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Wall cistern: C.1969-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Production: Lötscher, Andreas




Slip-coated earthenware painted in manganese-purple, olive-green, red and yellow with flowers

Buff earthenware, coated overall except for the back with white slip, and painted in olive-green, red, yellow, and manganese-purple under a clear lead-glaze. The cistern is semi-circular in plan with straight sides and two twisted handles on opposing sides. The domed top is cut away at the back, and is surmounted by an applied twist. In the middle of the front, a mask in relief is flanked by painted sprays of flowers, and below it, there is a hole in which is inserted a brass tap in the from of a monster's head.


History note: Mr Dreyfus, Geneva, from whom purchased on 22 February 1904 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 21.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • St Antönien ⪼ Canton Graübunden ⪼ Switzerland

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th Century, Early#
Production date: circa AD 1823

Materials used in production

presumed lead-glaze Lead-glaze
High-temperature colours

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1969-1928
Primary reference Number: 72917
Old object number: 2041
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

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

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