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Tankard: C.2042-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Production: Unidentified Westerwald pottery




Pale grey salt-glazed stoneware decorated with applied moulded reliefs of the arms of Charles, Landgrave of Hesse, and half-length portraits of Queen Mary II, reserved in a manganese-purple ground ; pewter thumbpiece and cover

Pale grey stoneware, decorated with applied moulded reliefs reliefs reserved in a manganese-purple ground, and salt-glazed; pewter thumbpiece and cover. The cylindrical tankard has a turned band at the top and bottom of the sides, and a loop handle of shallow D-section. On the front are the arms of Charles, Landgrave of Hesse (1663-1730) enclosed by an oval band inscribed 'CAROLVS. D. G. LANDGR. HAESSI. PR HERSF. COM. CATT.D.Z.N. & SCHAWENB (Landgrave of Hesse, Prince of Hirschfeld, Count of KIatzenelnbogen, Diez, Ziegenhain, Nidda and Schaumberg). On either side repeated, is an oval medallion with a half-length portrait of Queen Mary II of England, enclosed by the legend, 'MARIA. D. G. MAG. BRIT. FRANC. ET HIB. REGINA. &'. Attached to the top of the handle is a hinged mount attached to the shallow flat-topped cover and fluted ball thumbpiece.


History note: An unidentified sale; Sidney Hand, Grafton Street, from whom purchased for £7.10s. on 1 March 1926 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 19.5 cm
Height: 24.5 cm
Width: 18.2 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 17th Century
William III and Mary II
Circa 1689 - 1694

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Components of the work

Body composed of stoneware ( pale grey)
Ground composed of manganese-oxide
Cover And Mounts composed of pewter
Base Diameter 13 cm

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: moulded in relief on a band around the arms

  • Location: Round arms on front of tankard
  • Method of creation: Moulded in relief
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: in relief on a band around the portrait of Queen Mary

  • Location: On two medallions on the sides of the tankard
  • Method of creation: Moulded in relief
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: very small letters

  • Text: G R
  • Location: On either side of Queen Mary's crown at the top
  • Method of creation: Moulded in relief
  • Type: Initials

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2042-1928
Primary reference Number: 73042
Old object number: 4796
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 5 July 2022 Last processed: Tuesday 14 February 2023

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

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