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Mug: C.2061-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Production: Unidentified Westerwald pottery




Salt-glazed stoneware decorated with applied moulded floral sprays in relief, dated 1682 and initialled G R on either side of a double cross

Greyish-buff stoneware, thrown and turned, with incised, and applied moulded relief decoration, and salt-glaze. The mug has a globular body standing on a disk base, a short cylindrical neck with horizontal rilling, and a loop handle with a slight longitudinal ridge. Applied to the front is an octagonal panel enclosing a the date 1682 over a double cross flanked by G and R surrounded by scrolls and stylized plant motifs. On either side there are symmetrical incised branching stems bearing pointed dotted leaves, a human mask between leaves, and various stylized flowers extending towards the handle. An accidental splash of manganese has clouded a small area to left of the medallion on the front.


History note: Sotheby’s, 20 February 20, 1911, part of lot 36; bought for £1.12s. 0d. by Mr S Fenton on behalf of Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge.

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 13.6 cm
Width: 14.2 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, Late
Production date: dated AD 1682

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Components of the work

Surface composed of salt-glaze
Base Diameter 7.4 cm

Materials used in production

geyish-buff Stoneware

Techniques used in production

Throwing (pottery technique) : Greyish-buff stoneware, thrown and turned, with incised and moulded and applied decoration, and salt-glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: double cross between G and R

  • Text: 1682/G R
  • Location: In octagonal medallion on front
  • Method of creation: Moulded in relief
  • Type: Date and initials

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2061-1928
Primary reference Number: 76591
Old object number: 3339
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 15 December 2023 Last processed: Friday 15 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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