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Ewer: C.7-2001

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Pottery: Pickleherring Pottery (Probably)




Tin-glazed earthenware ewer, painted in blue with a circular cartouche, surrounded by ribbon, scrolling foliage and a swag.

Pale buff earthenware (little visible), tin-glazed overall except for the underside of the edge of the foot, and painted in blue. The ewer stands on a circular foot with a sloping rim and domed centre. The hemispherical lower part is separated from the upper part by a horizontal rib, below which are nine bosses. The upper part has six shallow lobes and flares outward slightly towards the rim, which is pinched at the front to form a pointed lip. The loop handle has a vertical depression and a stumpy kick at the lower end. The front is decorated with a circular cartouche with a loop of ribbon at the top, scrolling foliage on each side, and a swag at the bottom, enclosing the initials 'C/T H' over '1660'.


History note: Hext, Trenarren, St Austell, Cornwall; John Hext, Exeter; his widow, Jean M. Hext.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Mrs Jean M. Hext

Measurements and weight

Height: 24.0 cm
Width: 19.5 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (2001-04-30) by Hext, Jean M.


Mid 17th century
Charles II
Production date: AD 1660 : dated 1660


Probably made at the Pickleherring pottery in Southwark

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( cobalt-blue)
Foot Diameter 11.8 cm

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Earthenware, thrown and manipulated, with applied vertically grooved handle, tin-glazed, and painted in blue; the edge of the foot has been wiped almost entirely free of glaze

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: C/T : H/1660
  • Location: On front
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.7-2001
Primary reference Number: 29488
Entry form number: 153
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 13 June 2018 Last processed: Tuesday 13 September 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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