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Basin: C.1970-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Production: Lötscher, Andreas




Red earthenware, the front only coated with white slip and painted in brownish-red, green, and blue under lead-glaze. On the back some slip has run over from the front, but it is otherwise undecorated. Circular, wth shallow curved sides, and at the back, a vertical arched extension. The front of the exterior is decorated with a red flower flanked by leaves, and there is a plant in the middle of the vertical back, and the date 1841 (the second digit obliterated).


History note: Mr Dreyfus, Geneva, from whom purchassed on 22 February 1904 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 16.5 cm
Width: 24.5 cm

Relative size of this object

24.5 cm16.5 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Sant Antönien ⪼ Canton Graubünden ⪼ Switzerland

Acquisition and important dates

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


Production date: dated AD 1841 : When purchased by Dr Glaisher the date had been altered to 1741, but he realized that it was originally 1841 and had been altered to deceive the purchaser


The date is now almost illegible but was originally 1841. The bowl was made for hand washing and would have had a cistern with a tap attached to the wall over it

Components of the work

Front composed of slip ( white) lead-glaze ( yellowish)
Lower Part

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 1 41
  • Location: On flat area above the bowl
  • Type: Date
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1970-1928
Primary reference Number: 76555
Old object number: 2031
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 14 February 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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