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Tankard: C.2070-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Production: Unidentified Creussen Pottery




Brown salt-glazed stoneware tankard decorated with three applied moulded medallions enclosing respectively a coat-of-arms, and busts of a man and a woman with Renaissance style ornamental frames, inscribed below, 'MATTHAEVS HASFVRDER IN CVLMBACH'

Brown stoneware with dark-brown wash on the exterior, applied moulded relief decoration, and salt-glaze. The tankard is of Bienenkorb form, with slightly convex sides, a spreading base, and a loop handle, to which is attached a hinged pewter cover with a ball thumbpiece. There are pewter cordons inlaid below the rim at the top, and on both sides of the spreading base. Applied round the sides are a central circular medallion enclosing the arms of Hasfurder: a leaping hare with above, a helm, hare crest and mantling, flanked by busts of a woman (L) and a man (R) in contemporary costume. The busts and arms are surrounded by rectangular frames of putti, strapwork, scrolls and drapery, and are separated by caryatids inset with lion masks. On the spreading lower area is the inscription 'MATTHAEVS HASFVRDER IN CVLMBACH' (AE joined). The back of the handle has at the top, an applied grotesque mask, and acanthus foliage extending to its junction with the body.


History note: H.J. Fielding (1834-1921); Puttick and Simpson, London, 27 January, 1922, 'Pottery and Porcelain, the property of the late Henry Johnes Fielding Esq. (Grandson of Henry Fielding) of 17 Hereford Square, S.W.', one of five items in lot 72; purchased for £2 12s. 6d. by Mack on behalf of Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 14.2 cm
Width: 15.3 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Creussen ⪼ Bavaria ⪼ German

Acquisition and important dates

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


Early 17th Century
Production date: circa AD 1620


A pottery industry existed in Creussen (or Kreussen) in the sixteenth century but stoneware production did not begin until the early seventeenth century. Dated examples begin in the second decade of the century, and the first recorded historical reference to potting there was in Matthaeus Merrian's Topogaphia Franconiae, published in 1548. The Bienenkorb (beehive) form of tankard was one of the characteristic vessel shapes made at Creussen. Tankards decorated with some reliefs comparable to this one have been recorded with the date 1621. A tankard with the same inscription, and arms, but different female head, is in the British Museum (inv. no. 1887,0211.16).

Culmbach, now Kulmbach, is the capital of the Kulmbach area of Bavaria

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Components of the work

Surface composed of iron-brown wash ( dark brown) salt-glaze
Base Diameter 12.6 cm
Body Height 11.1 cm

Materials used in production

brown Stoneware

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: in Roman capital letters

  • Location: Round the lowest part of the sides
  • Method of creation: Moulded in relief
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2070-1928
Primary reference Number: 73070
Old object number: 3982
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 21 June 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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