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Bottle: C.2229-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Factory: Bianchi, Giovanni Giacomo (Probably)
Maker: Unidentified Albisola factory (Possibly)




Maiolica bottle, painted in blue with an Oriental style design of rocks and foliage, with deer, birds and a rabbit.

Earthenware, tin-glazed overall except for edge of the base. Painted in blue. Square bottle with rounded shoulders and short cylindrical neck; very light for its size.
The four sides are decorated in Oriental style with rocks and foliage amongst which are respectively a deer and a flying parrot, a deer and two perched exotic birds, a deer and one perched exotic bird, and a rabbit and two perched exotic birds. The sides have double lines running along the lower edge, arched lines at the top, and a wide vertical line between two narrow lines on the corners. Each shoulder is decorated with a flower and sprays of leaves enclosed in a heart-shaped outline, and round the neck are paired leaves on a continuous stem between horizontal bands. The base is marked with a crown over a shield charged with a cross.


History note: Cambridge, Freeman's sale, 27 January 1904; purchased by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 21.4 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Turin ⪼ Piedmont ⪼ Italy
  • Albisola ⪼ Liguria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century
Circa 1730 CE - 1780 CE

School or Style

calligrafico naturalistico

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( in blue from cobalt)
Base Square 8.8 cm

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Earthenware, tin-glazed overall except for edge of the base. Painted in blue.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2229-1928
Primary reference Number: 73267
Old object number: 2009
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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