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Tankard: C.2038-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Production: Unidentified Hilgert pottery (Possibly)




Buff stoneware with applied moulded relief decoration painted in manganese-purple and blue; pewter mounts, cover engraved with */IHS/1772, and oval ball thumbpiece

Buff stoneware, thrown, with applied handle, applied moulded relief decoration painted in blue and manganese-purple, and salt-glaze; pewter mounts, thumbpiece and cover. The cylindrical tankard has a loop handle with a curl of clay below its lower end. It has applied top and lower borders of repeating lozenge diamonds in high relief, painted blue. Above the upper border there is a blue horizontal band, and below the lower border another. On the main field there are three rectangular panels with rounded corners each bearing the same two tier design of a mask and wings flanked by two towers with spires, over a winged cherub's head flanked by boats. In the upper part of each panel are the initials W B on either side of the winged mask, on the left between the towers LUV, and on the right between the towers, D E N. Above and below are borders of U-shapes painted in manganese-purple. The rim and lower edge have a plain pewter mount. A pewter mount and hinge at the top of the handle are attached to a oval ball thumbpiece with a small knob on top, and a flat-topped cover with gadrooned sides and an eight-pointed star in the middle on which is engaved ' */ IHS / 1772'.


History note: Ludwig Heinemann, Taunusstrasse 40, Wiesbaden, from whom purchased for 60 marks on 10 October 1908 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 25.5 cm
Width: 17.4 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Early#
Circa 1700 - 1725

School or Style


Components of the work

Body composed of stoneware ( pale grey)
Decoration composed of cobalt oxide manganese oxide
Surface composed of salt-glaze
Base Diameter 13.5 cm
Relief Decoration

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: spaced out in the upper part of each panel

  • Text: LUV W B DEN
  • Method of creation: Moulded in relief and applied
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: I is a script capital not a Roman capital I

  • Text: */IHS/1772
  • Location: On cover
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2038-1928
Primary reference Number: 73036
Old object number: 2861
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 30 August 2022 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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