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Butter pot: C.2733 & A-1928

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Unidentified Delft factory (Production)


Earthenware, moulded, tin-glazed greyish-blue and painted in polychrome

Buff earthenware, moulded in two parts (possibly three), tin-glazed pale greyish-blue, and painted in blue, green, yellow, red, and manganese-purple. The oval pot has straight sides which curve inwards towards the top, and are decorated in relief on both sides with a design of plants, with leaves and buds. Inside the top there is a ledge on which the cover rests. On the cover there is a recumbent cow, surrounded by a low bank decorated with plants in relief. The underside is unglazed and has a central hole. The sides of the pot and the edge of the cover are coloured green, and the plants are picked out in blue, yellow and red. The cow has blue features, a yellow nose, and a purple tail. It has a blue and yellow garland round its neck, and a polychrome floral spray across its back. On the underside there are four blue spots.


History note: Lovett Collection; Puttick & Simpson, London, 6 March 1903, sale of Lovett collection, part of lot 258 bought with another item for £5.5s.0d. by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

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


Third quarter of 18th century
Circa 1750 CE - 1775 1775 CE


The cow on the cover suggests that this pot was probably intended to be used for butter

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Components of the work

Decoration: composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, green, yellow, red, and manganese-purple) Dish: Length 14.5 cm Width 10.2 cm

Materials used in production

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

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Buff earthenware, moulded in parts, tin-glazed pale gryish-blue, and painted in blue, green, yellow, red, and manganese-purple metallic oxide colours

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: four spots close together
  • Location: On underside of cover
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2733 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 73990
Old object number: 1416
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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