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Puzzle jug: C.1327-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Pickleherring Pottery (Pottery)


Tin-glazed earthenware, pierced, and painted in blue; on the front, a half-length figure of Charles II in armour with the initials C R, and on the sides, grotesques

Buff earthenware, thrown and flattened, pierced, applied with beading, tin-glazed, and painted in blue. The jug stands on a circular foot with a shaped edge. It has a flattened round body with a pierced and projecting wheel in the middle, vertical piercings in the neck, and an applied tubular handle with an aperture leading into the body, and into the tubular rim which has three three sucking spouts. Below the piercing on the neck there is a row of beads, and below the handle, a group of beads. On the side opposite to the handle there is an oval medallion enclosing a half-length portrait of Charles II in armour with the initials C R on either side of his head. The rest of the body is decorated wth grotesques, and the foot with foliage and concentric circles. Most of the back of the handle is blue.


History note: Mr Stoner, London, from whom taken on approval on 10 November 1919 and bought for £65 on 14 November 1919 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 26.3 cm
Width: 18.3 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ Surrey ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


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

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of cobalt-blue Foot Diameter 13.2 cm

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: C R
  • Location: On front
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1327-1928
Primary reference Number: 71819
Old object number: 3861
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 20 July 2018 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

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

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