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Ewer: C.2338-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Workshop: Pompei workshop




Maiolica ewer, tin-glazed dark blue and painted in white with a grotesque human mask. The handle in the shape of a dolphin.

Earthenware, tin-glazed dark blue overall. Painted in white. Helmet-shaped with fluted sides, scalloped rim, and projecting spout moulded on the underside with a grotesque human mask, loop handle in the shape of a dolphin with its head at the upper end, and circular foot rising in the middle to form a short stem with an annulet below its junction with the body.
The features of the mask and dolphin's head are picked out in white. The mask is surrounded by a U-shaped garland of delicate foliate scrolls and a similar garland encircles the foot.


History note: George Stoner, London, from whom purchased for £3 on 29 October 1911 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 20.9 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Castelli ⪼ The Abruzzi ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


16th century
Circa 1580 CE - 1600 CE


Formerly attributed to Nevers

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( white)
Foot Diameter 9.8 cm
Widest Part Width 21.3 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Earthenware, moulded, tin-glazed dark blue overall and painted in white

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2338-1928
Primary reference Number: 73375
Old object number: 3462
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 14 November 2017 Last processed: Tuesday 6 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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