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Jug: C.2055-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Production: Unidentified Westerwald pottery




Grey salt-glazed stoneware decorated with an incised plant between foliated scrolls and painted in manganese-purple and blue

Grey stoneware, thrown, with an applied handle, incised decoration, painted in blue and manganese-purple, and salt-glazed. The jug has a bulbous body with a tall cylindrical neck pinched at the front to form a lip, and a loop handle with a central longitudinal ridge, and a pointed extension below its lower junction with the body. On the front is an incised plant with thirteen pairs of lance-shaped leaves, and one more on the right of the stem, alternately coloured in blue and manganese-purple, and perhaps intended to represent a palm frond or fern. This is flanked by vertical foliated scrolls with small areas coloured manganese-purple, reserved in a blue ground. The area on either side of, and under, the handle is undecorated.The glaze has produced a prominent 'orange-peel' effect on the grey areas.


History note: Mr Freeman’ sale at Cambridge 27 January 1904, at which bought by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 19.8 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

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


18th century
Circa 1700 - 1799

Components of the work

Decoration composed of smalt ( produced by fusing cobalt with an alkali, usually potash and sand, and grinding up to a powder mixed with water) manganese-oxide
Surface composed of salt-glaze
Base Diameter 7.2 cm

Materials used in production

grey Stoneware

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 4
  • Location: To side to left of the foliaged scroll on left of palm frond
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Number

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2055-1928
Primary reference Number: 73059
Old object number: 1933
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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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