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Saltcellar: C.2111-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Production: Unknown




Tin-glazed earthenware salt, painted in blue with a Maltese Cross, a landscape with a building, and the inscription 'REFECTORIO'

Pale buff earthenware, thrown, tin-glazed, and painted in greyish blue. Of waisted cylindrical form with a deep well at the top for the salt. Decorated on the exterior with a Maltese Cross, and a building (church?) between trees, with two narrow horizontal blue bands below, and above, the word 'REFECTORIO' between horizontal blue bands, with a wide blue band above which continues over the top outer edge, and three narrow bands around the well.


History note: Purchased in Cordoba about 1894 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 10 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Talavera ⪼ Spain

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century
Circa 1700 CE - Circa 1799 CE


Attributed to Talavera, or perhaps to Puente. The Maltese Cross probably indicates that the salt was made for the refectory of a house of the Order of the Knights of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem, known as Hospitallers

Components of the work

Decoration composed of cobalt-blue ( greyish and thinly applied)
Base Diameter 11.5 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Earthenware, thrown, tin-glazed, and painted in greyish-blue

Inscription or legends present

  • Location: Round top of side
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2111-1928
Primary reference Number: 73118
Old object number: 150
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 27 March 2018 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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