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Dispensing pot: C.4-1901

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Current Location: In storage


Pottery: unidentified London pottery




Buff earthenware, tin-glazed except for the base. Cylindrical with convex sides expanding slightly towards the rim; splayed foot.


History note: James Smith, Whitechapel, London; the number on the label on the pot may refer to the lot number in Sotheby, Wilkinson and Hodge, sale of 1901. Record of donation has not been found (1981). It is possible that this pot was acquired by Dr Glaisher at the James Smith Sale among a box of fragments including drug pots, and was bequeathed with the rest of his collection in 1928, rather than having been acquired by the Museum in 1901. In his catalogue entry for C.1349-1928 Glaisher wrote 'I have several other delft cups or unguent pots which have been buried . . As for these unguent pots a number of years ago at the sale after his death of Mr Smith who had made several collections of pottery dug up in London I bought a whole box-full of these unguent pots all of which turned out to be plain except one or two . . '

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Donor uknown

Measurements and weight

Height: 2.8 cm
Width: 3.2 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Unknown (1901) by Unknown


Second half of 17th century
First half of 18th Century
Circa 1650 CE - 1750 CE

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Techniques used in production

Throwing : Tin-glazed earthenware.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: a serrated edge label

  • Text: James Smith/Collection/122/1901
  • Location: On the exterior of the pot
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in faded black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.4-1901
Primary reference Number: 74990
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Saturday 15 January 2022

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

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