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Mug: C.4.51-1964

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Current Location: In storage






White earthenware with blue-tinted lead-glaze, transfer-printed in black. The glaze appears most blue on the base. Cylindrical mug, with recessed base, lacking its handle and a section of the side and a section of the rim missing. The side opposite to the handle there is an oval medallion enclosing a little boy holding his hat up in his left hand and riding astride a dog with the word 'DOCILITY' below. The medallion has a roughly kidney-shaped frame enclosing the inscription 'ALTHO A TRIFLE THIS MAY SEEM IT [gap] A PLEDGE MY ESTEEM'.


History note: Found in London (outside the City boundary) by G.F. Lawrence of Wandsworth, and given by him to Bernard Rackahm (1876-1964)

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Bernard Rackham

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 6 cm
Height: 8 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th Century, Early#
Circa 1800 - 1840

Components of the work

Decoration composed of ceramic printing colour ( black)

Materials used in production

slightly tinted blue Lead-glaze

Techniques used in production

Lead-glazing : White earthenware with slightly blue tinted lead-glaze, transfer-printed in black

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.4.51-1964
Primary reference Number: 74883
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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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