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Box and cover in the shape of a tortoise: C.2884 & A-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Box and cover in the shape of a tortoise


Production: Höchst faience factory (Possibly)
Schrezheim faience factory (Possibly)
Durlach faience factory (Possibly)




Box and cover in the shape of a tortoise of tin-glazed earthenware painted naturalistically in shades of brown and yellow


History note: Basle, where purchased by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 9.0 cm
Length: 26.5 cm

Relative size of this object

26.5 cm9 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Höchst-am-Main ⪼ Electorate of Mainz ⪼ Germany
  • Schrezheim ⪼ Baden-Württemberg ⪼ Germany
  • Durlach ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

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

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( pale olive-green, manganese-purple and dark yellow)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Buff earthenware, moulded, tin-glazed and painted in pale olive-green, manganese-purple, and dark yellow

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2884 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 74169
Old object number: 1237
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 17 October 2017 Last processed: Monday 26 September 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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