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Jug: C.2025-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Production: Unidentified Frechen pottery




Brown salt-glazed stoneware decorated with an applied bearded face mask and an oval medallion enclosing a merchant's mark

Greyish-buff stoneware, thrown with applied handle, and applied moulded relief decoration, partially coated in reddish-brown wash, and salt-glazed. The wash does not extend to the base, and has dribbled at the front during salt-glazing. The jug has an ovoid body contracting into a short cylindrical neck with cordons round the mouth. The small loop handle has an extension at the lower end which rests on the shoulder. On the neck is a bearded face mask, and below it on either side, are two small applied rosettes. Further down is an oval medallion, enclosing a shield bearing a merchant's mark, flanked by stars, and at the bottom, the date, '1688'. The area above the mark is filled by symmetrical stems, curling to right and left, and there are palm fronds on either side of the shield.

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 38 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Frechen ⪼ Rhineland ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, Late
Production date: dated AD 1688 : the jug could be several years later if the mould for the relief continued to be used or was repeated


The medallion is probably a merchant's mark (Hausmarke)

Components of the work

Surface composed of wash ( reddish-brown) salt-glaze

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 1688
  • Location: At bottom of oval medallion
  • Method of creation: Moulded in relief
  • Type: Date

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2025-1928
Primary reference Number: 76578
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 20 July 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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