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Jug: C.2019-1928

Object information

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Production: Unidentified Frechen pottery




Brown salt-glazed stoneware with applied bearded face mask on the front of the neck, and a rosette below

Grey stoneware, thrown, decorated with applied moulded reliefs, coated with iron-brown wash and salt-glazed. The jug has a bulbous body, contracting into a tapering cylindrical neck, with cordons at the top, and a small loop handle with a tail below its lower end. Applied to the front of the neck is a bearded mask, below which is an applied oval medallion enclosing an eight-petalled flower with spots between the petals.


History note: An unknown owner in Stanstead, Essex; bought in Cambridge in 1893 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 14.3 cm
Height: 21.3 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Frechen ⪼ Rhineland ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century#
Circa 1600 - 1699


A relief motif similar to the one below the mask is on C.2020-1928.

This is a typical example of the thousands of brown salt-glazed stoneware bottles decorated with bearded masks which were imported into England from the Rhineland during the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Components of the work

Surface composed of iron-brown wash ( or 'dip') salt-glaze
Base Diameter 7.7 cm

Materials used in production

grey Stoneware

Techniques used in production

Throwing (pottery technique)

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2019-1928
Primary reference Number: 311395
Old object number: 664
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Audit data

Created: Wednesday 20 July 2022 Updated: Tuesday 9 August 2022 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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