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Tankard: C.2045-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Production: Unidentified Westerwald pottery




Grey salt-glazed stoneware decorated with three incised running stag between bands of foliated stems in relief, painted underglaze in blue and manganese-purple

Grey stoneware, thrown, with applied handle, turned bands, and incised and applied moulded relief decoration, painted in cobalt-blue and manganese-purple before salt-glazing. The cylindrical body tapers slightly towards the top where the sides contract to take a mount for a cover. The thick loop handle has a vertical longitudinal ridge, and tapers towards its lower junction with the body, below which there is an applied upward curl of clay. The decoration is divided into zones by horizontal grooves. The main field has a vertically ridged ground on which are incised three running stags with manganese-purple bodies and blue antlers. Below is a band of foliage in relief picked out in blue and purple with a blue horizontal band above and below. Above the stags is a similar band of foliage with manganese-purple bands above and below. A wider blue band encircles the body at the level of the top of the handle.


History note: Renninger, dealer in Kissingen, Bavaria, where bought in July 1901 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambidge

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Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 15.2 cm
Width: 13.5 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 17th-early 18th Century
Circa 1690 - 1725

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of smalt ( produced by fusing cobalt with an alkali, usually potash, and sand, grinding to a powder, and mixing with water) manganese-oxide
Surface composed of salt-glaze
Base Diameter 9.2 cm
Relief Decoration

Materials used in production

grey Stoneware

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2045-1928
Primary reference Number: 73045
Old object number: 1217
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 20 September 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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