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Drinking pot: M.5-1954

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)

Maker(s)

Pottery: Unknown
Silversmith: Unknown

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Description

Lead-glazed earthenware mounted in silver-gilt with engraved decoration

Red earthenware, thrown, with treacly-brown lead-glaze, the mount on the neck, and cover of silver-gilt with engraved decoration. The pot has a bulbous body with a projecting foot, a short cylindrical neck, and an applied loop handle. Round the foot it has a toothed silver-gilt mount with a projecting flat border. The base is incised with a cross with W and N beside it

Notes

History note: Miss Coates' Collection; sold Christie's 1954; Thomas Lumley, London from whom purchased

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam

Measurements and weight

Height: 14.9 cm
Height: 6 1/8 in
Width: 5 1/8 in

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1954-10-21) by Lumley, Thomas

Dating

Mid 16th century
Circa 1545 CE - 1560 CE

Note

Between about 1530-90 there was a fashion for pottery drinking vessels with silver-gilt or silver mounts and covers. It began in Court circles and spread gradually to the country gentry, prosperous yeomen and merchants. In 1558 Etienne Perlin noted in his 'Description of England' that the English drank great quantities of beer, not 'out of glasses, but from earthern pots with silver handles and covers, and this even in houses of persons of middling fortune'. Most of these pots are of brown salt-glazed stoneware from the Rhineland or coloured tin-glazed earthenware from the Low Countries. Their silver covers and mounts which protected the edges and gave them a more luxurious appearance, were made in London or a few other towns, such as Exeter and Norwich. Brightly coloured Isnik pottery jugs imported from Turkey were also treated in this way (see M.16.-1948). Mounted lead-glazed earthenware pots, which were probably made in England, are less common. This example shows the squat, short-necked form popular during the mid-sixteenth century. A taller pot in the Victoria and Albert Museum has mounts with London hallmarks for 1546-47.

No marker's or hallmarks on the silver

School or Style

Renaissance
Tudor

Components of the work

Cover composed of silver-gilt
Mounts composed of silver-gilt
Body
Mount

Materials used in production

Lead-glaze
Earthenware

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: a cross with W beside left arm and N to left of upright arm
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Possible maker's mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.5-1954
Primary reference Number: 77311
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 18 March 2022 Last processed: Monday 26 September 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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