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Porringer: C.2783 & A-1928

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Tin-glazed earthenware painted in flue with floral sprays, and with feather or palm motifs on the handles and spout

Buff earthenware, thrown, with applied handles, spout, and knob, tin-glazed and painted in dark blue. The porringer has a depressed globular body with a short everted neck supported on three squat feet. It has two handles, and between them on the shoulder, a spout with a rounded triangular mouth. The shallow domed cover has a slightly conical button-shaped knob. The sides and cover are decorated with arrangements of flowers and foliage, and on the handles and spout there are stylzed fern-like sprays. On the underside of the pot is the date 'AO 1793'.


History note: Mr Withers, Silver Street, Leicester, from whom purchased for £1.2s. 0d. at an unknown date by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 15.2 cm
Height: 12.1 cm
Width: 16.5 cm

Relative size of this object

16.5 cm12.1 cm15.2 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Makkum ⪼ Friesland ⪼ United Provinces of the Netherlands

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


Production date: dated AD 1793

Components of the work

Decoration composed of cobalt Body Handles

Materials used in production

Tin-glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: AO: 1793
  • Location: Underneath body
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2783 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 74071
Old object number: 2269
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 25 November 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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