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Bacchus: C.2763-1928

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Current Location: In storage




Production: The Claw Factory
Proprietor of factory: Lockhorst, Johannes
Proprietor of factory: Gucht, Margaretha van der




Earthenware figure of Bacchus in 18th century dress, seated astride a barrel, tin-glazed, and painted in blue, yellow, green, and brownish-orange

Buff earthenware, press-moulded, tin-glazed, and painted in blue, dark green, bright yellow, and brownish-orange. The base is open underneath so that the glazed interior of the figure is visible. Bacchus is represented as a man in eighteenth-century costume, seated astride a barrel on a low four-footed stand, and holding in his right hand a cup, and in his left a globular bottle. He wears a cap formed by vine leaves and bunches of grapes, a bright yellow coat with brownish-orange cuffs and button holes, and decoration on the back and fronts of vine leaves and bunches of grapes. He has brownish-orange breeches, white stockings, and dark blue shoes. The sides of the barrel are partly striped in blue, and there is a wide green stripe across the top and the bottom. On the front, above this, is the word 'bachùs' with below it a painted tap and glass. On the back of the barrel top is the word, 'nantis'.


History note: Mr S. E. Mossel at Amsterdam, 86, Zwanenburgwal, from whom purchased for £12.10.0 in August 1902 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

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


Circa 1713 CE - 1740 CE


The Claw Factory in Delft operated between 1661 and 1840.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: I has dot over forms upstroke of the L with a slanting stroke between to form the V

  • Text: IVL/1
  • Location: On inside of side of base
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Factory mark

Inscription present: part of a rectangular white paper stick-on label with a blue border

  • Text: Bacchus/Dutch coloured/delft/Bought from/Mr Mosel at/Amsterdam/August 1902
  • Location: Applied to the inside of the back of the barrel
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2763-1928
Primary reference Number: 74038
Old object number: 1301
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 3 December 2019 Last processed: Tuesday 14 February 2023

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

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