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Tankard: C.2890-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Production: Bayreuth Faience Factory




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue with a bird amidst plants and trees; pewter handle, and hinged cover

Buff earthenware, thrown, tin-glazed inside and outside, and painted on the exterior in blue; the original handle has been replaced by a pewter handle attached to a mount round the rim, and a hinged cover with attached thumbpiece in the shape of a hemispherical standing cup with a fluted domed cover with a ball knop. The sides are painted in pseudo-Oriental style with a bird standing on rocks amidst flowering plants with a sponged tree on each side. Above and below there are two broad and two narrow horizontal bands. On the base is the mark 'B.K.' underlined, over 'b or 6'. The cover is inscribed 'J.E.H./1794'.


History note: Kissingen, where bought in 1899 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 25 cm
Width: 17 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Bayreuth ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

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


Mid 18th Century
Knöller period
Production date: circa AD 1740


The Bayreuth faience factory was founded by Johann Georg Knöller in 1714 and was owned by him from 1728 until his death in 1744. The cover and handle were presumably added after the tankard had been broken.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue from cobalt)
Body composed of earthenware ( buff) tin-glaze
Cover composed of pewter
Handle composed of pewter
Mount composed of pewter
Base Diameter 11.2 cm

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: the .B.K. is underlined; the final b might be 6 or possibly h

  • Text: B.K./b or 6
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Paintedi n blue
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: J.E.H./ 1794
  • Location: On cover
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: a shield containing the letters HCM over a hand holding a pair of scales
  • Location: In centre of underside of cover
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Maker's mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2890-1928
Primary reference Number: 74171
Old object number: 1259
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 1 June 2016 Last processed: Tuesday 22 November 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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