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Tobacco box: C.861 & A-1984

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Production: W. Schiller & Sons




Red earthenware, moulded, decorated with applied reliefs, and lacquered or varnished black

Red earthenware, moulded, decorated with applied reliefs and a three-dimensional knob, and lacquered or varnished black. Rectangular with rounded corners, deep sides, projecting base and rim, two handles, each in the form of a head, and a cover surmounted by a recumbent greyhound. The base is decorated with an egg and dart border, and the rim and the rim of the cover with a border of formal leaves. On each side there is an applied relief of smoking paraphernalia.


History note: Unknown before the testator, John Tillotson

Legal notes

Bequeathed by John Tillotson

Measurements and weight

Height: 16 cm
Length: 20 cm
Width: 11.7 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Bodenbach ⪼ Bohemia ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1984-10-22) by Tillotson, John


Second half of 19th Century
Circa 1850 CE - 1900 CE

Components of the work

Surface composed of varnish ( ? or lacquer)

Materials used in production

red Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Red earthenware, moulded, decorated with applied reliefs and three-dimensional knob, and lacquered or varnished black

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: W S & S
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: 27
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Number

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.861 & A-1984
Primary reference Number: 76238
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 8 December 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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