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Dancing Peasants Jug: C.2034-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Dancing Peasants Jug


Potter: Unidentified Raeren potter




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.


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

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Place(s) associated

  • Raeren ⪼ Duchy of Limbourg ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 16th Century
Production date: circa AD 1598


Raeren was situated in Germany until after the First World War, when it became part of Belgium,and its stoneware is usually classified as German. 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.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

grey Stoneware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • 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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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 31 January 2023 Last processed: Tuesday 31 January 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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