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Bacchus sitting astride a barrel: C.2748-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Bacchus sitting astride a barrel


Unidentified Delft factory (Production)


Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue, yellow and manganese-purple

Buff earthenware, press-moulded in parts, tin-glazed, and painted in blue, yellow, and manganese-purple. Bacchus is seated with his legs astride a barrel. He holds a cup in his right hand and has his left hand on his left hip. He has a ventilation hole in the top of his head which is covered by short curly yellow and manganese-purple hair. He is clad in a wreath of yellow and purple vine which encircles his neck, passes across his torso from his left to right, and branches out so that it covers the lower part of his body. At the back a short length of vine covers his waist. The barrel is supported on a square base with four pad feet at the corners. The staves of the barrel are striped in blue and manganese, and on its circular end it has a yellow border enclosing a face with a hole for a spigot forming its mouth. The pedestal has a blue cradle to hold the barrel, resting on a yellow base with an edging of manganese-purple strokes.


History note: Mr Paul Graze, 47 rue Victor Hugo Boulogne-sur-Mer , where seen on 2 June, 1913; bought by post 16 June 1913, for 80 francs

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 18.3 cm
Width: 11.2 cm

Relative size of this object

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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


Early 18th Century
Circa 1700 CE - 1730 CE

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, yellow, and manganese-purple)

Materials used in production

bluish-white Tin-glaze buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Buff earthenware, moulded in parts, assembled, tin-glazed, and painted in blue, yellow, and manganese-purple

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2748-1928
Primary reference Number: 74015
Old object number: 3676
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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