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Sugar caster: C.2435 & A-1928

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Production: Metal Pot Factory
Proprietor: Lambertus van Eenhoorn




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue

Buff earthenware, moulded in two parts, the upper pierced, tin-glazed overall, and painted in blue. The cylindrical lower part has fluted sides and a recessed base. The upper part has straight fluted sides and a domed fluted top, both pierced by circular holes. The finial or knob is in the form of an inverted cone. There us a thread on the inside top edge of the lower part, and the inside lower edge of the top part permitting them to be screwed together. Both parts are decorated overall with sprays of hawthorn-like leaves and berries, with larger sprays of flowers and foliage at intervals. The lower edge of the cover has a border of white spoted ovals reserved in a blue band, and the lower edge of the body has a border of blue semi-circular motifs with smaller blue spots between them. The finial has a blue summit with a blue zig-zag border below.


History note: An unidentified Sotheby's sale c. 1900; purchased by Mr Aked, Green Street, Leicester Square; S.E. Mossel of Amsterdam, at 6 Manette Street, Charing Cross Road, London, from whom purchased on 9 November 1900 (with seven other pieces) by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 7 cm
Height: 19.6 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Delft ⪼ Holland ⪼ United Provinces of the Netherlands

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, Late - 18th century, Early
Circa 1694 CE - 1721 CE


The mark indicates that the caster was made in either the Metal Pot factory during the proprietorship of Lambertus van Eenhoorn, 1691-91, or at the Double Can factory during the proprietorship of Louis Victor, 1688-1715.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of cobalt

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Buff earthenware, moulded in two parts screwing together, the upper part pierced, tin-glazed, and painted in blue

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: the V is formed by the upstrokes of the L and E which are joined

  • Text: LVE/4/IK
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Factory mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2435 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 73511
Old object number: 1158
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 31 October 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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