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Wine bottle: C.5-1931

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Pottery: Pickleherring Pottery (Probably)
Proprietor of pottery: Wilhelm, Christian




Tin-glazed earthenware bottle painted in blue with 'birds-on-rocks' pattern in late Ming style, and dated 1628 below the lower terminal of the handle

Buff earthenware, thrown, tin-glazed, and painted in blue. The bulbous body stands on a low foot which is concave in the centre underneath. It has a narow cylindrical neck with a rounded rim, and a loop handle which is concave on the inside and convex on the outside. The sides are decorated wth birds standing on rocks with flowers, a flying insect and a butterfly. Below there is a row of slanting Ss between horizontal bands and above on the shoulder, slanting stripes and dots between horizontal bands, and on the neck slanting Ss between horizontal bands. On either side of the handle there is a broad blue vertical stripe, and below it the date '1628'. The exterior of the handle is blue.


History note: Bryan T. Harland, Croydon; Mrs Bryan T. Harland; sold Sotheby's, 11 February, 1931, Catalogue of the Harland Collection, first day, p. 16, lot 81

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 19.4 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Southwark ⪼ Surrey ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1931) by Sotheby's


Second quarter of 17th century
Charles I
Production date: dated AD 1628 : dated


Probably made at Christian Wilhelm's pottery at Pickleherring, Southwark

School or Style

Late Ming style

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue from cobalt)

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Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 1628
  • Location: Below the lower terminal of handle
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.5-1931
Primary reference Number: 75382
Glai9sher Addition number: Gl. Add. 22-1931
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 23 August 2022 Last processed: Tuesday 22 November 2022

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

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