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Dancing Peasants Jug: C.2034-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)

Titles

Dancing Peasants Jug

Maker(s)

Potter: Unidentified Raeren potter

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Description

Grey stoneware with applied moulded reliefs, pale 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 in relief: '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 d [ance away my cowl and surplus]. In the compartment on the extreme 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 ten panels containing leaf motifs.

Notes

History note: William Mullins, 52 High Street, Salisbury, where seen on 17 July 1922, and purchased by letter on 16 August with three more pieces of stoneware for £24 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge. The jug arrived in Cambridge on 24 August 1922

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 25 cm
Width: 17 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Raeren ⪼ Spanish Netherlands

Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

Late 16th Century
Renaissance
Production date: circa AD 1598

Note

Baluster-shaped jugs with cylindrical necks decorated on their side with either a continuous frieze or compartments enclosing dancing peasants were one of the typical products of Raeren potters. The band of dancing figures on this example were derived from 'Das Bauernfest '(The Peasant Festival) series of prints by Hans Sebald Beham (1500-50), published in Nuremberg in 1546/7. The inscription here which lacks its ending occurs with variations on many of the jugs. A comparable jug with peasants dancing within arched compartments, and with further moulded decoration on its neck, dated 1596, is in the Victoria and Albert Museum, inv. no. 1941-1855.

School or Style

Renaissance

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Surface composed of slip ( pale brown) salt-glaze
Base Diameter 8.9 cm
Reliefs

Materials used in production

grey Stoneware

Techniques used in production

Salt-glazing

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: GERHET CV MVSDAPER BLASEN SO DANSSEN DIE BVREN ALS WEREN SI RASEN ERS VF SPRICHT BASTOR ICH VER DA...
  • Location: On exterior below figures
  • Method of creation: Moulded in relief
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2034-1928
Primary reference Number: 73032
Old object number: 3886
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 18 May 2022 Last processed: Tuesday 20 September 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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