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Spittoon: C.39-1950

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware with a clear glaze painted in lustre

Fritware, moulded, coated in a clear glaze painted in brownish lustre
Shape: everted rim on a straight neck with bulbous body incorporating a carination in the upper section, sits on a low foot ring.
Exterior: the neck is a copper alloy replacement, while the upper body is painted with a cross hatch pattern with a roughly painted central lozenge. On the shoulder, a concentric band is painted, while on the lower body a frieze, of scrolling tendrils and buds, is enclosed above and below by narrow leaves. Further concentric bands are painted below this frieze on the foot ring. Glaze runs over the foot ring unevenly including the underside but leaves small areas uncovered.
Interior: glazed but otherwise undecorated.


History note: T.H. Riches

Legal notes

T.H. Riches Bequest, 1950

Measurements and weight

Height: 10.6 cm
Weight: 392 g
Width: 12.4 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1950) by Riches, Thomas Henry


17th or 18th Century
Circa 1600 - 1799

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior composed of oxide colours ( brownish lustre) glaze ( clear, runs over the foot ring unevenly including the underside but leaves small areas uncovered)
Interior composed of glaze ( clear)
Rim composed of copper alloy Diameter 4.5 cm
Base Diameter 6.7 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Fritware, moulded, coated in a clear glaze painted in brownish lustre

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.39-1950
Primary reference Number: 74771
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 June 2012 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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