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Butter pot: C.2732 & A-1928

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Production: Unidentified Delft factory




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue, green, yellow, and red

Buff earthenware, moulded in two parts, tin-glazed pale greyish-blue, and painted in blue, dark green, yellow, and red. The oval pot has straight sides which curve inwards towards the top, and are moulded in relief on both sides with the same design of raised plants and leaves. Inside the top there is a ledge on which the cover rests. The oval cover is solidly moulded a recumbent sheep surrounded by a low bank moulded in relief with flowers and buds. Its underside is unglazed. The exterior is painted green overall with the raised plants picked out in blue yellow and red. The sheep is yellow overall with blue facial features, and a leaf-shape on its tail. On the underside of the pot there are four blue dots close together.


History note: Lovett Collection; sold Puttick and Simpson, London 6 March 1903

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 11 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, third quarter#
Circa 1750 - 1775

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, green, yellow, red)
Dish Length 14.4 cm Width 10 cm

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware
pale-greyish blue, except for the base of the cover Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Buff earthenware, moulded in three parts (pot, cover, sheep), tin-glazed pale-greyish-blue, and painted in blue, green, yellow and red

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: four blue spots close together
  • Location: On base of pot
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2732 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 73988
Old object number: 1417
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 17 September 2019 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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