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Wine jug: C.2006-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Production: Unidentified German potter




Pale buff stoneware with applied relief decoration including a medallion bearing a coat-of-arms and the initials and date EVH/1576

Pale buff stoneware, thrown, with applied handle and spout, decorated with applied moulded reliefs. The jug stands on a cylindrical base. It has a bulbous body, a narrow, slightly tapering cylindrical neck with cordons at the top and bottom, a long spout rising upwards from the shoulder and attached to the neck by a bridge near the top, and a loop handle. On each side of the body is a small medallion with the initials and date EH/1576 at the top over a shield of arms: quarterly: 1,4, three escallops; 2,3, three lozenges (Herema), impaling: a rose between in chief a mullet and in base a fleur-de-lys (Aylva), supported by two rampant lions. Above is a lion's mask flanked by two flowers, and below a serrated leaf flanked by two flowers. On the front of the neck is a shield bearing the arms of the Duchy of Julich, Cleves and Berg. To the left of it is a figure of Adam standing beside a stag, flanked by lion's masks and four flowers, and on the right, a figure of Eve standing beside a doe with similar motifs. At the base of the spout there is a bearded mask and on either side of the spout four flowers. The handle has a serrated leaf on each side at the top and three pairs of flowers at intervals below. Another serrated leaf is applied to the body below the handle.


History note: Mr Richards, Nottingham; sold to Mallett of Bath; sold to Alfred Trapnell (1838-1917), Bournemouth; Trapnell sale; Mr Richards, Nottingham, from whom purchased for £16 on 17 June 1918 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 25 cm
Width: 20.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Siegburg ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th Century, Mid#
Production date: dated AD 1576 : Dated 1576 but probably mid 19th century


Formerly attributed to Anno Knüttgen, but presently considered to have been made in the mid 19th century.

The arms are those of Ernst van Aylva, lord of West-daarna and Oost-dongeradeel, and his wife Id Herema (d. 1596) of Friesland. A globular flask attributed to the workshop of Anno Knüttgen at Siegburg is in the Kunstgewerbemuseum, Cologne. It is decorated on the front with similar figures of Adam and Eve standing below a medallion enclosing a coat-of arms with the initials IVS and the date 1578, supported by rampant lions. However, the definition of the relief motifs is much clearer than on this jug, which is also rather heavy for its size.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Base Diameter 9.3 cm

Materials used in production

pale buff Stoneware

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: EVH/1576
  • Location: At top of circular medallion
  • Method of creation: Moulded
  • Type: Inscription and date
  • Text: Schnabel-Kanne date 1576 shows Adam Eve and the apple tree with arms of Cleves-Julics [sic] and Berg. Work of Anno Knutgens
  • Location: Inside the jug when bought by Glaisher
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: almost square white paper stick-on label with upper corners cut and Prussian blue line edging on three sides, with plant motif in top corners

  • Text: No 2033/Jug (Schnabel Kanne/of glazed Siegburg/stoneware, with/applied decoration/b. at Nottingham/June 3 1918
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2006-1928
Primary reference Number: 76566
Old object number: 3833
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 9 August 2022 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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