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Posset pot: C.247-1928

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Potter: Taylor, John, potter (Probably)




Red earthenware, the body thrown, with two small applied handles and between them two applied vertical crinkled strips of clay. The inside and the upper part of the exterior are coated with white slip, The decoration is trailed in white, and red-brown slips under lead-glaze. The name 'IOHN :TAYLOR : 1690' is trailed on the white area, and on dark brown lower part there are two white S-scrolls with trefoil leaves at the top between each handle and crinkled strip.


History note: Mr Stoner; sold Sotheby’s on November 18, 1907, for £10.15s.0d by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 12.2 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 17th Century
William III and Mary II
Production date: dated AD 1690


Probably made by John Taylor

Components of the work

Visible Surfaces composed of lead-glaze
Decoration composed of slip
Rim Diameter 17 cm

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: IOHN : TAYLOR : 1690 : Y
  • Location: On upper part of body
  • Method of creation: Slip-trailled in dark red-brown and white
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.247-1928
Primary reference Number: 73562
Old object number: 2738
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 14 February 2023

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

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