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Innkeeper: C.829-1928

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Current Location: In storage




Production: Unidentified Staffordshire factory




Cream earthenware decorated with clear, green, and grey lead-glazes

Cream earthenware, press-moulded and decorated with clear, green and grey lead-glazes. The underside is open and glazed around the lower edge. The man stands in front of a tree stump with his feet apart factng the viewer. On his head he has a short wig with a curl round the lower edge. He wears a knee-length coat over a shirt and waistcoat, knee-length breeches, stockings, and buckled shoes. His right hand is tucked into his jacket and his left rests on a napkin or cloth wound around his waist. The grey and green glazes are applied randomly on his costume and have run into each other.


History note: Mr. Furphey of Oakwood, Priory Road, Sale, Cheshire, from whom purchased for £10 on 17 Nov 1916 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 14 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


18th Century, second half#
Circa 1760 - 1780


The identification of this figure as an inn keeper is uncertain. He might be a domestic man servant.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of lead-glaze ( clear, and coloured green and grey)
Base Width 5 cm

Materials used in production

cream Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Cream earthenware, press-moulded, and hollow inside, probably decorated green, grey and clear lead-glazes

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.829-1928
Primary reference Number: 76191
Old object number: 4658
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 24 June 2023 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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