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Dancing Peasants Jug: C.2034-1928

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Dancing Peasants Jug


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Stoneware with applied moulded reliefs, brown wash, and salt-glaze.The jug has a cylindrical reeded neck, a domed shoulder, a loop handle, a cylindrical middle, contracting below into a low rounded foot. The middle is decorated with a frieze in relief of peasants dancing in arcaded compartments: below is a band with the following inscription: 'GERHET DV MVS DAPER BLASEN SO DANSSEN DIE BVREN ALS WEREN SI RASEN ERS VFSPRICHT BASTOR ICH VER DA . . .’ (Gerard you must blow mightily/bravely; the boors dance as if they were mad; up speaks the pastor, I dance away my [cowl and surplus]. In the compartment to the left are the initials and date ‘T .K. 1598’; in the next the intials, ‘D.I.’; and on the extreme right, ‘KAP’ (cowl; ending of the first inscription). Below the body is divided into panels by vertical bands, and on the shoulder there are panels containing leaf motifs.


History note: William Mallins, 52, 54 High Street, Salisbury, from whom purchase on 17 July 1922 with three other items

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 25 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Raeren ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 16th Century
Production date: circa AD 1598


Raeren, near Aachen, is now in Belgium

The band of dancing figures was derived from Das Bauerenfest (The Peasant Festival) series of prints by Hans Sebald Beham (1500-50).

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Surface composed of slip salt-glaze Reliefs

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2034-1928
Primary reference Number: 73032
Old object number: 3886
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 6 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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