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Flagon: Gl.C.23-1928

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Current Location: In storage


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Dark red earthenware flagon, thrown and rilled, with glossy black lead glaze. Cylindrical with alternating wide and narrow rills and a small loop handle.


History note: Found at Youlgreave, Derbyshire, 1 May 1861. W. and T. Bateman Collection, Lomberdale House, Youlgrave; Sotheby's, 14-15 June 1893, The Bateman Heirlooms, lot 371; Mr J.W. Ford Collection; the Ford Collection Sale, Sotheby's, 22 May 1908, lot 45; purchased by Mr George Stoner for £5.15; purchased from him for the same price on 25 May 1908 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 29.3 cm
Width: 15.3 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, Mid#
Circa 1640 CE - 1660 CE


This flagon is a handsome example of 'Midlands Blackware', whose manufacture was widespread in northern and central England and extended south of London and into Surrey and Kent during the seventeenth century. It was found in Youlgrave in Derbyshire on 1 May 1861 and was probably made in Derbyshire or Staffordshire. Most seventeenth-century blackwares were drinking or serving vessels, such as mugs, beakers, flagons and jugs. Horizontal rilling or corrugations, like those on this flagon were characteristic decorative features.

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Materials used in production

glossy black Lead-glaze
red Earthenware

Techniques used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: Gl.C.23-1928
Primary reference Number: 77040
Old object number: 2860
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 19 June 2023 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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