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Pouring vessel: C.1990-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Earthenware, with incised and applied decoration, coated in a brown glazed painted with multiple colours

Earthenware, mould made, incised and with applied decoration, coated in a brown glaze painted with blue, green, yellow, brown and red
Shape: hollow horse figure with collared legs, applied decoration forms mane, ears, eyes, rosette saddle and reins. A circular spout is present on the rear right flank, and another at the animal’s mouth, both indicative of the use of this object as a pouring vessel.
Exterior: facial features are highlighted with over-glaze colours. An applied blue rosette on the chest is flanked by yellow circles, dotted with red, and with multicoloured vegetal decoration. The mane is incised with horizontal lines and painted with blue and brown. The applied reins and saddle are painted predominantly yellow and green; a yellow circle on one flank is matched on the opposite side with a circular spout. Glaze runs over the lower legs and feet, terminating unevenly.
Interior: undecorated


History note: Rudd, antique dealer in Southampton; Wilson, 169 Christchurch Road, Boscombe, from whom purchased for £5 on May 29, 1916 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 20.4 cm
Length: 15.8 cm
Weight: 506 g
Width: 7 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th Century, second half#
Circa 1850 CE - Circa 1899 CE

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Components of the work

Exterior Body composed of paint ( blue, green, yellow, brown and red) glaze ( brown)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Earthenware, mould made, incised and with applied decoration, coated in a brown glaze painted with blue, green, yellow, brown and red

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: hand written in black ink

  • Text: ‘3716a’.
  • Location: On the base of two of the feet
  • Method of creation: Hand written
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1990-1928
Primary reference Number: 72936
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 27 May 2014 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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