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Box in the form of a Melon and Leaves: C.2886 & A-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Box in the form of a Melon and Leaves


Production: Höchst faience factory (Perhaps)
Production: Paul Hannong's factory (Perhaps)




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in bluish-green, yellow, and manganese-purple

Buff earthenware, moulded in separate parts, assembled, tin-glazed, and painted naturalistically in bluish-green, yellow, and manganese-purple. The melon is roughly pear-shaped, with a broad stalk at the narrow end, on either side of which there is a stalk and a large leaf. Part of another leaf projects from below the wide end of the melon. The cover is domed, more so at the wide end than the narrow, and on top has a stalk with two narrow leaves. Another feature, perhaps a bud or another leaf forming the knob is missing. A large yellow and manganese-purple snail grazes on the stalk of the lower part. On the underside of the leaves and melon there are three spur marks.


History note: David Kugelmann, Kissingen, from whom purchased for 25 marks on 2 August 1899 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 10.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Höchst-am-Main ⪼ Electorate of Mainz ⪼ Germany
  • Strasbourg ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, third quarter#
Circa 1750 CE - 1760 CE


The origin of this melon box is uncertain. Rackham (1935), considered it might have been from Strasburg rather than Höchst. It was probably intended to be used for a desert, partly as a container for food and partly as an ornament.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( bluish-green, yellow, and manganese-purple)
Lower Part Width 17.8 cm

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Techniques used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2886 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 76765
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 1 September 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

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

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