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Barrel: C.3-1911

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Current Location: In storage


Production: Unidentified Manises pottery (Probably)




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in copper-lustre. Of barrel shape with recessed ends, and on the sides four spaced groups of three raised bands. There is a large circular hole for a bung situated in the middle of the central zone, and a smaller hole in one end for a spigot. The central zone is decorated with stylized lions amongst stylized foliage and flowers. The other two zones are decorated with stylized flowers and foliage, and the narrow zones between the raised bands with continuous scrolls. On one end there is a lion amongst foliage, and on the other, a bird amongst foliage.


History note: Francis Bedford, the late cousin of the donor, Mrs James Bedford

Legal notes

Given by Mrs James Bedford

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 30.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Manises ⪼ Valencia ⪼ Spain

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1911-02-10) by Bedford, James, Mrs


17th Century#
Circa 1625 CE - Circa 1700 CE


This barrel was probably made at Manises. When in use it was presumably supported in a cradle so that the large hole in the side was at the top, and the hole in the end to take a spigot was at the front.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of reduced-pigment lustre ( copper)
Top Diameter 17.3 cm
Base Diameter 18 cm
Whole Vertical Height 45.5 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3-1911
Primary reference Number: 74461
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

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

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