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Current Location: In storage


Production: Unidentified Bunzlau pottery




Brown stoneware with overall lustrous bown glaze, decorated with applied moulded reliefs of a crown over the Prussian Eagle with a shield bearing the cipher of Frederick King of Prussia, flanked by floral sprays

Brown stoneware, thrown with applied handle, overall lustrous brown glaze (Lehmglasur), and applied moulded relief decoration. The bulbous body has been flattened to create five sides, and contracts at the top into a funnel-shaped neck pinched at the front to form a lip. The twisted loop handle tapers towards the lower end which has an upward scroll at its junction with the body. Around the top of the handle is a pewter mount with a hinged shell-shaped thumb piece attached to the flat cover. The front is decorated with a crown over the Prussian Eagle holding a sword and sceptre, and having over its breast, a shield bearing the cipher FR in script letters for Fridericus Rex. On either side of it are two beaded stems each having two leaves and one flower.The rim has an edging of alternating semi-circular and pointed shapes, missing on one side. An undecorated band round the base suggess that it once had a mount.


History note: Max Rosenheim; Sotheby's, 3-4 May 1924, ‘Catalogue of the collection of porcelain, pottery formed by the late Max Rosenheim Esq FSA and Maurice Rosenheim Esq. FSA (sold by order of the Executors), second day part of lot 174; sold for £2 to Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambidge.

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 20.3 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Bunzlau ⪼ Lower Silesia ⪼ Prussia

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Mid-Late
Circa 1740 - 1786


Bunzlau, in Silesia, became part of Prussia following the Peace of Beslau in 1742. It is now in Poland and known as Boleslawiec. Unlike much Germanic stoneware its products were not salt-glazed but had a lustrous brown glaze known as Lehmglasur. The presence on the front of of the Eagle of Prussia with a shield with the cipher FR for Fridericus Rex, Frederick, King of Prussia (1712-86; ruled from 1740) probably indicates that it was made after 1742.

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Components of the work

Exterior composed of glaze ( lustrous brown)
Mount And Cover composed of pewter ( probably)
Base Diameter 6.6 cm
Body Width 12 cm

Materials used in production

brown and pale buff Stoneware

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: FR monogram
  • Location: On shield on eagle
  • Method of creation: Moulded in relief
  • Type: Cipher

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2079-1928
Primary reference Number: 76596
Old object number: 4423
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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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