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Cock-spouted Ewer: C.73-1935

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Current Location: Gallery 33


Cock-spouted Ewer






Fritware painted in three colours under a transparent white glaze

Fritware, wheel thrown and moulded, painted in blue, turquoise and black under a transparent white glaze.
Shape: spout is moulded into the form of a cock’s head (but without holes, necessitating pouring from rim) with strap handle, symbolising tail feathers, attached on the upper body and spout. Body is a bulbous pear shape sitting on a low foot ring.
Interior: rim and neck are painted in blue and black imitating a cock’s head including head feathers, mouth and eyes. On the body three horizontal friezes, comprising either blue or black vertical lines, or black dots, or black pseudo-calligraphy, frame a large central frieze of vertical panels. The panels are separated by blue or turquoise lines and contain black dots or a blue or black cable pattern on a hatched ground. The handle is painted with a doted ‘S’ pattern framed by blue lines. Over all the surface blue and turquoise pigment has run into the surrounding glaze which covers the surface to the lower body, running unevenly onto the foot ring.
Interior: a black dentillated pattern is painted on the rim. Visible surface is coated with glaze.


History note: Frank Brangwyn RA, from whom purchased

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 30.2 cm
Weight: 1183 g
Width: 18 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1935) by Brangwyn, Frank


13th-14th Century
Circa 1200 - Circa 1399

School or Style


Components of the work

Rim composed of pigment ( black) Diameter 6 cm
Exterior composed of pigment ( blue, black, turquoise) glaze ( white, transparent, covers the surface to the lower body, running unevenly onto the foot ring)
Interior composed of glaze ( white, transparent, visible surface is coated)
Base Diameter 9 cm

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular paper label with serrated edge around bottom and right hand edge

  • Text: 'Lent By' (printed); 'Brangwyn' (typed), '132' hand written in black ink, ‘37’, hand written in pencil (encircled in the top right hand corner) and ‘30’ (crossed through on the right hand side)
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed, typed, hand written
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: pink paper label with serrated edge

  • Text: Arabic script
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: hand written directly onto object surface

  • Text: 132
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Hand written in black
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.73-1935
Primary reference Number: 75944
Old accession number: 4-1935
Old object number: G.ADD 59
Old number: BP.132
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 January 2021 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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