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Ewer: C.50-1911

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware painted in blue under a clear glaze

Fritware, wheel thrown and moulded, painted in blue under a clear, pitted glaze.
Shape: vase shaped mouth with a collared neck on a bulbous body sitting on a low foot ring. An angled convex spout is attached to the body and a strap handle is attached to the neck and lower body.
Exterior: the body is decorated with four friezes all contained within concentric lines. Three of these friezes are painted on the upper body comprising blue cylinders round the rim, floral sprays on the neck and scrolling tendrils and leaves on the shoulder. On the main body medallions containing peaches at the centre of a floral spray are framed above by a band of commas, bracketed line and leaves and below by scalloped lines. A blue line is drawn around the foot ring. A floral spray with a feathery flower climbs up the spout and is framed by dots. The handle is painted with a simple chevron pattern. Glaze covers the exterior except for the rim of the foot ring.
Interior: the rim is painted with a bracketed line, the interior is glazed.


History note: From the Joseph Dixon Collection, sold at Christie’s, 16th-17th March, 1911, lot 139

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 19.1 cm
Weight: 602 g
Width: 19 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1911-03-20) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


Late 17th Century
Circa 1650 - 1699

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior Body composed of pigment ( blue)
Interior Rim composed of pigment ( blue)
Base Diameter 8.3 cm
Rim Diameter 9.1 cm
Handle And Spout

Materials used in production

covers the exterior except for the rim of the foot ring Glaze

Techniques used in production

Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: square paper label with serrated edges except on the upper edge

  • Text: Printed with a red line on the lower edge and hand written in black ink with ‘139/7'
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed and hand written in black
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: circular paper label

  • Text: 50/11
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Hand written in black
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: hand painted in black directly onto the vessel surface

  • Text: 1078
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Hand painted in black
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.50-1911
Primary reference Number: 75317
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 8 February 2019 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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