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Barrel: C.2083-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Production: Unidentified Bouffioulx factory (Probably)




Grey stoneware barrel with a central neck and two carrying handles, standing on four low feet, and decorated with incised wavy lines, impressed rosettes, and an applied moulded medallion of St John and the mighty angel with a book (Revelation, X, 1)

Grey salt-glazed stoneware, stained brown at one end, with incised, and applied moulded relief decoration. The barrel is curved at one end and flat at the other, and rests horizontally on four small feet. On top it has a central short neck, and at either end a loop handle for lifting. On the rounded end is an applied medallion with St John and the mighty angel with a book (Revelation, X, I) surrounded by incised wavy bands; and on the other end, a circle of impressed rosettes, some of which are on applied S-shaped pads of clay, and at the top, an oval pad moulded with a helmet and crest (demi-figure of a hound); at the bottom there are traces of a large applied medallion, now missing, sourrounding a hole, probably for a spigot. Around the neck there is a circle of impressed rosettes, and around the body on either side of the neck is a series of incised lines flanked by scalloped lines. Around the rounded end, level with the handle there is a circle of incised wavy lines and a circle of scalloped lines, and at the other end, level with the handle, a circle of incised wavy lines.


History note: Said to have come from a distillery in Ireland. Mr Weaver of 1, Noel Street, Wardour Street, London, from whom bought for £1.5s.0d on 9 March 1906 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge.

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 20.3 cm
Height: 30.3 cm
Length: 38.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Bouffioulx ⪼ Belgium

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century#
Circa 1600 - 1699

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Components of the work

Surface composed of salt-glaze

Materials used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2083-1928
Primary reference Number: 76599
Old object number: 2485
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 11 October 2022 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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

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