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Tankard: C.2054-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Production: Unidentified Westerwald pottery




Grey salt-glazed stoneware with incised decoration of stylized flowers and foliage reserved in a blue ground

Grey stoneware, thrown with applied handle, and incised decoration, painted in blue with smalt. The tankard is cylindrical with a contraction at the top to accommodate a metal mount. The large loop handle has two holes at the top for the attachment of a hinged cover. The front is decorated with a shield-shaped outline containing a large stylized flower, and flanked by arrangements of interlacing tendrils and daisy-like flowers reserved in a blue ground, Above and below the decoration there is a narrow wavy horizontal border and a blue band. The area below the handle is undecorated.


History note: Thomas Sutton, Eastbourne, from whom bought for £1.10s.0d. in March 1905, by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 20.2 cm
Width: 18.7 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century
Circa 1700 - 1799


The blue colouring was executed in smalt, which was produced by fusing cobalt with an alkali, usually potash, and sand, to produce a glassy mass which was ground up to a powder mixed with water

Components of the work

Decoration composed of smalt
Surface composed of salt-glaze
Base Diameter 12.8 cm

Materials used in production

grey Stoneware

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2054-1928
Primary reference Number: 73058
Old object number: 2284
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 4 October 2022 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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

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