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Hand warmer: C.2262-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown (Probably)




Maiolica hand warmer in the shape of a book, painted in green, yellow and brown.

Covered overall with speckled pale beige tin glaze. Painted in green, yellow, and manganese-brown.
Moulded in the shape of a book with a circular hole near the top of the spine.
The sides are dabbed in all three colours to resemble mottled calf binding. The fore-edge is yellow with manganese-brown lines to represent the pages. The spine is decorated with five groups of horizontal manganese-brown and yellow lines, and is dated `1857' in manganese below the second group from the top.


History note: Taormina, where purchased in April 1904 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 4.3 cm
Height: 16.0 cm
Width: 12.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Caltagirone ⪼ Sicily ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th Century
Production date: AD 1857 : dated


Perhaps made by the Bortolo factory in Caltagirone

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( in green, yellow, and manganese-brown)
Exterior composed of tin-glaze

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Covered overall with speckled pale beige tin glaze. Painted in green, yellow, and manganese-brown. Moulded.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2262-1928
Primary reference Number: 80822
Old object number: 2021
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 1 August 2017 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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