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Vase: C.2500 & A-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 15: Dutch Gallery


Factory: Three Ash Barrels Factory
Proprietor of pottery: Kamm, Gerrit Pietersz




Pale buff earthenware, thrown, tin-glazed, and painted in blue in Oriental style. The oviform vase has a short concave neck, and a domed cover with a rounded knob. On both the vase and cover there are four oval panels containing Chinese peonies, chrysanthemums and lotus-plants, separated by lotus-scroll ornament and cloud-scrolls. Round the shoulder and round the base of the vase there are horizontal borders of stylized foliage between narrow bands. The neck is decorated with lotus and scrolls between narrow bands. The knob is decorated with a multi-petalled flower. The upper part of the short concave neck is a modern restoration.


History note: Sale held near King's Lynn in 1899; unidentified shop owner in Yarmouth who sold it in 1899 probably for £8 to Mrs Kingsland, antique dealer of Croydon; sold by her on 12 September 1899 for £10 to Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge. In his catalogue entry for the vase Glaisher noted that 'Mrs Kingsland gave me an amusing account of her difficulty in bringing it from Yarmouth to Croydon as passenger's luggage in a large barrel, and getting it on and off cabs.'

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 60.5 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
Circa 1689 CE - 1700 CE


The Three Ash Barrels Factory (Die Posteleyne Astonne) operated between 1655-1804. The mark indicates that the vase was made during the proprietorship of Gerrit Pietersz Kamm from 1679-1700.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue from cobalt)
Vase Height 47.2 cm
Base Width 24.5 cm

Materials used in production

white Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Pale buff earthenware, thrown, tin-glazed, and painted in blue

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: G over the top of the vertical stroke of the K

  • Text: GK
  • Location: On base of jar
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Maker's mark
  • Text: 70
  • Location: On base, sideways on to the mark
  • Method of creation: Hand-written
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2500 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 73603
Old object number: 2505
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 24 July 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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