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Harvest jug: Gl.C.58-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Production: Unknown




Earthenware, the body thrown, slip-coated, and incised under lead glaze. Bulbous body, flaring neck pinched into a lip in front, with a loop handle. On the front flanked by two unicorns and two birds, is a bust with the initials and date 'CL 1703/4'. Below the handle is a tulip, and, on the neck, flowers. Round the shoulders is the inscription 'now I am com for to supply youre workmen/when in haruist dry when they doe Labour harde and sweat/good drink is better for then meate: in winter time when it is coold/i Likewise then good drinke can hould: booth seasons doe the same require/and most men doe good drinke desire'


History note: J. Dunn, 11 Taw Vale, Barnstaple, Devonshire; sold Sotheby's, 2 December 1923, The Property of J. Dunn, Esq. sen., lot 155; purchased by Mr Hunt on behalf of Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 29.2 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Early#
1703 CE - 1704 CE


Decoration incised through slip (sgraffito decoration) was characteristic of Devon-slipware between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries.

Components of the work

Inside And Outside composed of lead-glaze
Exterior composed of slip

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Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: CL
  • Location: On the front
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Initials

Inscription present: the 4 appears below the 3, under a horizontal line

  • Text: 1703 4
  • Location: On the front
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Date

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Identification numbers

Accession number: Gl.C.58-1928
Primary reference Number: 77086
Glaisher MS Catalogue: 4269
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 11 May 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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