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Kettle: C.2310 & A-1928

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Unidentified Nevers pottery (Production)


Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue and manganese-purple with a Chinese man in a garden and a rocky landscape

Pale buff earthenware tin-glazed and painted in blue and manganese-purple. The kettle has a globular body standing on a low circular foot, a straight-sided upward-tilting spout, and a handle of D profile arching over the cover, which is of low domed form with a central knob. On one side of the body there is an oval panel with a Chinese figure seated in a garden, and on the other, a rocky landscape painted in the style of late Ming porcelain. On the front below the spout, and on top of the cover there are stylized fan-like leaves, and the handle and spout are striped. A border of U-shaped motifs encircles the shoulder and the area immediately above the foot.


History note: Sotheby's, 25 January, 1906, lot 71; bought for £1.12.0. by Dr Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 25 cm
Length: 19.2 cm

Relative size of this object

19.2 cm25 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Nevers ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

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


Second half of 17th century
Circa 1660 CE - 11690 CE

School or Style

Late Ming

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue from cobalt and manganese-purple) Visible Surfaces composed of tin-glaze ( bluish-white) Cover Diameter 10.2 cm
Base Diameter 10.6 cm

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2310 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 73331
Old object number: 2470
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 19 July 2021 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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