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Drinker seated on a Barrel: C.2771-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Drinker seated on a Barrel


Factory: uncertain




Earthenware, moulded, tin-glazed, and painted in blue, green, yellow, brown, manganese-purple. The man sits astride a barrel, holding a bottle in his raised right hand, and a goblet in his left hand which is held in front of him. The bottle and goblet are yellowish green. He has long hair, and wears a manganese-purple tricorn hat with a yellow edge, a full-skirted blue coat, a foxy-brown waistcoat, and manganese-purple breeches, all with yellow buttons, and manganese-purple shoes with blue buckles. The barrel is blue, with a reserved white top which has a hole to take a spigot. It is inscribed on the top, facing the viewer, 'IK/DRINKT/ NATUVT/ VAT/1760. It rests on a roughly rectangular green mound with a reserved panel on the front, inscribed in blue 'IN:MVN/DRONKE/:GAAT. The base is approximately quatrefoil in plan, the two sides having smaller, more pointed lobes than the front and back, and has a vertical yellow edge decorated with rough scrolls in brown.


History note: Mr Dickinson, Wigmore Street, London, from whom purchased on 12 May 1906 for £10.10s.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 32.5 cm
Width: 17.6 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Delft ⪼ Holland ⪼ Netherlands

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


Third quarter of 18th century
Or 1760 - 1769

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

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

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Earthenware, moulded, tin-glazed, and painted in blue, green, yellow, brown, manganese-purple

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: IK/DR.INKT/ NATUVT/ VAT/1760
  • Location: On top of barrel
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription
  • Location: On front of rock or mound supporting barrel
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2771-1928
Primary reference Number: 74049
Old object number: 2509
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 9 March 2016 Last processed: Wednesday 11 January 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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