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Pilgrim bottle: Gl.C.28-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Possibly Unidentified Pisan pottery (Pottery)
Possibly Unidentified Pontorme pottery (Pottery)


Pale red earthenware, partly decorated with red slip marbled with cream, and lead-glazed; the lower part and the underside of the foot are unglazed. The flask stands on a circular foot which rises into a cylindrical stem, above which it bulges out and then contracts into a tall slender, sloping neck with a projecting roll top . On both sides of the bulbous part there are two loops for carrying cords or straps, each moulded with a lion's mask.


History note: Excavated in London. Purchased about 1894 from Fenton of Oxford Street, London, by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 23.3 cm
Width: 12.3 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Pisa ⪼ Tuscany ⪼ Italy
  • Pontorme ⪼ Tuscany ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 16th/17th Century
Circa 1575 CE - 1650 CE


Flasks of this form were intended to be carried on a cord or strap passed through the handles on the sides. A number of examples have been found in England, and in the late 19th century when this one was bought by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, they were believed to be English. See Thornton and Wilson, 2009, for a discussion of evidence for attribution to the Pisa area of Tuscany, and dating.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of slip ( red and cream) Exterior composed of lead-glaze Foot Diameter 8.8 cm
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Identification numbers

Accession number: Gl.C.28-1928
Primary reference Number: 77046
Glaisher MS Catalogue: 811
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

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

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