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Bowl with fish on its cover: C.2736 & A-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Bowl with fish on its cover


Production: Three Ash Barrels Factory
Proprietor: Hoorn, Hendrik van




Tin-glazed earthenware, painted in blue, green, yello, and manganese-purple

Buff earthenware, moulded in parts, tin-glazed, and painted in blue, green, yellow, brownish-orange, manganese-purple. The bowl is in the shape of a conical cabbage with pointed serrated leaves, and is attached to a stand formed by four slanting leaves of the same type. In the middle of the understide there are three spur marks. The circular domed cover has on top a coiled fish holding a smaller fish in its open mouth. The leaves of the bowl are painted alternatively in bluish-green or bluish-green with yellow edges. The interior is undecorated. The leaves forming the stand have yellow edges, and there are narrow irregular areas of blue between them. The cover is green, and the fish is blue and green with yellow spots on its body, and manganese-purple spots on its tail which is pale yellow with streaks of brownish-orange.


History note: Mr Mossel, Amsterdam, from whom bought in September 1902 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 12.5 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


Second half of 18th century
Circa 1760 CE - 1800 CE


The Drie Posteleyne Astonne (Three Ash Barrels) factory operated from 1655 to 1804. Hendrik van Hoorn was its proprietor from 1759 to 1804.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, green, yellow, brownish-orange, manganese-purple)
Stand Width 18 cm

Materials used in production

bluish-white Tin-glaze
buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Buff earthenware moulded in parts, tin-glazed bluish-white and painted in blue, green, yellow, brownish-orange, manganese-purple

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: HVH/3
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: 7
  • Location: On base inside
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Number

Inscription present: cross

  • Text: X
  • Location: In middle of base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2736 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 73993
Old object number: 1376
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Monday 26 September 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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