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Tankard: C.2072-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Production: Unidentified Creussen Pottery




Brown salt-glazed stoneware decorated with reliefs of the Twelve Apostles, and horizontal border patterns

Brown stoneware, thrown, with applied relief decoration, iron-brown wash, and salt glaze, painted in blue, green, yellow, red, flesh, white and black enamels. Cylindrical with a spreading base, incurved shoulders, and strap handle to which is attached a hinged pewter mount for the domed cover and its large ball thumb piece. The decoration on the sides is divided into four zones. On the widest in the midddle there is an oval medallion with a white merchant's mark 41 HB monogram on a blue ground, and on either side six of the Apostles with their emblems standing on greensward. Above is a white band with their names written in black Gothic script: from left to right, 'S. Petrus S. Andre: S. Jacob mai: S. Joh.. S. Phillippus. S. Bartholomeus. S. Thomas. S. Mattheus. S. Jacob minor. S. Simon: S. Judas tha: S. Matthi:'. Above between two blue horizontal bands is a band of blue and white interlacing ribbons with alternately red and yellow spots in the spaces. This is repeated below the Apostles with yellow spots in all the spaces. The spreading foot is encircled by a wavy white stem bearing yellow, red, and blue stylized fruits, against a green background. The back of the handle has an applied lion's mask with foliage issuing from is mouth and extending down to the junction with the body. The top of the pewter cover is engraved with three concentric circles in the middle, the initials 'I.G.W', and two concentric circles round the outer edge


History note: Professor James Dewar (1842-1923); sold by Puttick and Simpson at his house in Scroope Terrace, Cambridge, 26-27 May 1924, day 1, part of lot 45; all bought for £16 by Stanley Woolston on behalf of Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 23 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Creussen ⪼ Bavaria ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Early#
Circa 1700 - 1710


The earliest recorded piece of Creussen stoneware with painted decoration is dated 1611, but the majority of examples date from later in the century. Figures of the Apostles were among several stock subjects used to decorated Creussen tankards in the second half of the seventeenth and early eighteenth century.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue, green, yellow, red, flesh, brown, black, and white)
Surface composed of salt-glaze
Base Diameter 14.3 cm

Materials used in production

brown Stoneware

Techniques used in production

Throwing (pottery technique) : Thrown brown stoneware, with applied relief decoration, dark iron-brown wash, and salt-glaze, painted overglaze in blue, green, yellow red, brown, black, and white enamels

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: S. Petrus S. Andre: S. Jacob mai: S. Joh.. S. Phillippus. S. Bartholomeus. S. Thomas. S. Mattheus. S. Jacob minor. S. Simon: S. Judas tha: S. Matthi:
  • Location: On white band over the figures of Apostles
  • Method of creation: Painted in black
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2072-1928
Primary reference Number: 73075
Old object number: 4417
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 15 December 2023 Last processed: Thursday 1 February 2024

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

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