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Butter pot: C.2562 & A-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Production: Unidentified Delft factory (Probably)




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue with scrolls and dots

Pale buff earthenware, thrown, tin-glazed and painted in dark blue. The pot is cylindrical with two loop handles and a narrow shoulder and short neck. The circular cover is very slightly convex with straight sides, and a circular button-shaped knob. It has a circular flange on the underside which fits inside the neck of the pot. On each side of the pot there is a rectangular outline filled by four double scrolls with dots in the background. The handles have horizontal stripes down their backs. The cover is divided by double lines into two halves decorated en suite with the sides of the pot, the knob is blue overall, and there is a wide blue band round the sides.


History note: Bought in Cambridge in 1895 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 10.2 cm
Width: 20.7 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


18th Century, second half#
Circa 1750 CE - 1800 CE

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue from cobalt)
Base Diameter 13.3 cm
Cover Diameter 13.5 cm Height 4.2 cm

Materials used in production

pale buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Pale buff earthenware, thrown, with applied handles and knob, tin-glazed overall and painted in dark blue; inside the pot there are three spur marks

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2562 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 73721
Old object number: 93
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 27 September 2017 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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