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Fragment of a jar: C.4.18-1964

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Pottery: Unidentified Manises pottery




Pale buff earthenware, thrown, tin-glazed and painted in blue and pale brownish-yellow lustre. Part of the cylindrical neck of a jar, with everted rim, probably a pharmacy jar. The exterior is decorated with a horizontal blue band above which are alternately blue and pale brownish-yellow lustre leaves linked by lustre stems which extend upwards between the leaves and meet a wavy line with small splodges. Below the blue band there are lustre spots.


History note: Found in City Road, London by G.F. Lawrence of Wandsworth; given by him to Bernard Rackham

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Bernard Rackham

Measurements and weight

Height: 4 cm
Length: 7.1 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Manises ⪼ Valencia ⪼ Spain

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1964-03-12) by Rackham, Bernard


15th Century, Mid#
Circa 1440 CE - 1470 CE


This fragment is evidence for the importation of Spanish lustreware into London during the 15th century

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue from cobalt) reduced-pigment lustre
Both Sides composed of tin-glaze

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular white stick on label with serrated edge

  • Text: Spanish/XVIC/City Road
  • Location: On exterior
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label
  • Text: City Road
  • Location: On inside
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Inscription

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.4.18-1964
Primary reference Number: 74811
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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