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Holy water stoup: C.2379-1928

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Production: Unidentified French pottery




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in pale yellowish-green and manganese-purple

Buff earthenware, the back moulded in relief, the receptacle thrown and applied, tin-glazed on the front and painted in pale yellowish-green and manganese-purple; the glaze has been wiped off most of the reverse. The vesica-shaped back is moulded in relief with a winged cherub's head at the top and a cherub on each side flanking the Crucifixion. Below the winged cherub's head there is a round hole to take a suspension cord or hook. The receptacle is bowl-shaped with an everted rim, and a low narrow foot. The outlines of the cherubs, Christ and his loin cloth are manganese-purple. The cherub's head at the top, the upper part of the Cross, foliage at the base of the Cross,and the border of uneven vertical strokes around the upper part of the receptacle are yellowish-green.


History note: Bought in London about 1896 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century-19th Century#
1700 CE - 1850 CE


Dr Glaisher considered that the holy water stoup might have been made in Brittany.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( yellowish-green, manganese-purple)
Front composed of tin-glaze

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: INRI
  • Location: On top of Cross
  • Method of creation: Painted in manganese-purple
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2379-1928
Primary reference Number: 76738
Old object number: 1296
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 9 March 2016 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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