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Jug: EC.32-1941

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unidentified Frechen pottery
Silversmith: Unidentified London silversmith




Salt-glazed stoneware with silver-gilt mounts and cover

Salt-glazed stoneware with a bulbous body, cyclindrical neck, spreading foot, and applied handle. The foot, neck, and top of the loop handle have silver-gilt mounts, and the thumbpiece and cover are also silver-gilt. The flat foot ring is cast and decorated with an egg and dart border. Above this is a border of dentil moulding. Cut stylised leaves hold the pottery foot in place. The neck mount is engraved with strapwork and scrolling foliage. The slightly domed cover is embossed and chased with three masks within scrolled cartouches; between are bunches of fruit on a matted ground. The urn-shaped finial stands on a gadrooned knop. The thumbpiece is a cast mask, possibly Neptune.


History note: Purchased from Percy Webster for £115.0.0. by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Legal notes

Given by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Width: 14.4 cm
Width: 5⅝ in

Place(s) associated

  • Frechen ⪼ Rhineland ⪼ Germany
  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1941-10-16) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


16th Century, third quarter#
Elizabeth I
1576 CE - 1577 CE


Rhenish brown salt-glazed stoneware is sometimes referred to as 'tiger ware'. The body of this jug was probably made at Frechen near Cologne in the Rhineland.

The silversmith's mark of an incuse leaf, has not been identified.

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Surface composed of gilt
Mounts composed of silver
Body composed of stoneware
Base Diameter 10.2 cm Diameter 4 in
To Top Of Finial Height 22.8 cm Height 9 in

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: an incuse leaf; the three parts with serrated border

  • Location: On the cover, the rim mount and the foot mount
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Maker's mark

Inscription present: leopard's head crowned

  • Location: On the cover, the rim mount and the foot mount
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Hallmark

Inscription present: lion passant

  • Location: On the cover, the rim mount and the foot mount
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Hallmark

Inscription present: 't' or possibly 'i'

  • Text: 't' or possibly 'i'
  • Location: On the cover, the rim mount and the foot mount
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Hallmark

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.32-1941
Primary reference Number: 76948
Alternate number: M/P.1-1941
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 28 February 2019 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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