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Coffee jug: C.2078-1928

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Production: Unidentified Bunzlau pottery




Buff stoneware with applied reliefs of the arms of the Elector of Saxony, and sprays of flowers and leaves under lustrous brown glaze (Lehmglasur), painted with lacquer colours and gold; pewter mounts.

Buff stoneware, thrown, with applied handle and separate cover, decorated with applied moulded reliefs, highly lustrous brown glaze (Lehmglasur), painted with blue, red, and brown lacquer (?) colours, and gilded; pewter mounts. The jug has an ovoid body, a conical neck with a small pinched lip, and a strap handle. The shallow convex cover has a mushroom-shaped knob, a pewter mount round the edge, and a thumbpiece attached to the top of the handle by a hinged mount. This extends down the back of the handle and continues downwards to meet the pewter mount round the base of the jug. The interior of the jug and cover, and the base are unglazed.


History note: Max Rosenheim Collection; sold Sotheby's, 4 May 1924, part of lot 174; bought for £2 on behalf of Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 26.3 cm
Height: 27.3 cm
Width: 13.5 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Bunzlau ⪼ Lower Silesia ⪼ Prussia

Acquisition and important dates

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


Second half of 18th century
1750 - 1775


Coffee pots with relief decoration are one of the most characteristic products of Bunzlau potteries in the second half of the eighteenth-century. Unlike much Germanic stoneware its products were not salt-glazed but had a lustrous brown glaze known as Lehmglasur

Components of the work

Decoration composed of lacquer colours ( blue, red, brown, nature of these uncertain) gold
Surface composed of glaze ( lustrous brown (Lehmglasur))
Foot Diameter 9.4 cm

Materials used in production

buff Stoneware

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2078-1928
Primary reference Number: 73080
Old object number: 4422
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 30 August 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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