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Spill holder in the shape of a Gatehouse: C.72-1997

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Spill holder in the shape of a Gatehouse


Factory: Dixon, Austin & Co. (Probably)




Yellow-glazed earthenware spill holder in the shape of a gatehouse, painted in red, brown and black enamel-colours.

Earthenware, moulded in three pieces, front, back, and base, glazed yellow, and painted in brownish-red, pale brown, dark brown, and black enamel colours. In the shape of a gatehouse with a central tower flanked on each side by three adjacent towers of graduated size, all moulded with coarses of stoneware, castellated at the top, and hollow inside. They stand on an oblong, stepped base, which is concave underneath. Both sides are decorated alike. The central tower is painted with a door, a clock face, and a pointed window with tracery, and the smaller towers with small arched windows. The base is brownish-red with reserved yellow lines to indicate the pointing of the brickwork.

Legal notes

Given by G.H.W. Rylands in memory of his mother Betha Wolferstan Rylands.

Measurements and weight

Height: 12.8 cm
Length: 21.0 cm
Width: 5.7 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1997) by Rylands, G.H.W.


Early 19th Century
Circa 1820 CE - 1825 CE


Unmarked but attributed to Dixon, Austin & Co. on the basis of a marked, slightly larger example in the Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, (Founders' Bequest X 3574)

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( in brownish-red, pale brown, dark brown, and black)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Earthenware, moulded in three pieces, front, back, and base, glazed yellow, and painted in brownish-red, pale brown, dark brown, and black enamel colours.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 80
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: In red enamel
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: rectangular stick-on label with a red stripe on one side

  • Text: 47
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil
  • Type: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.72-1997
Primary reference Number: 75930
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 22 December 2016 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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