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Punch bowl: C.1339-1928

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Maker(s)

Possibly Brislington Pottery (Factory)

Description

Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue with Chinese figures and a pair of deer in a landscape, and with an inscription

Buff earthenware, thrown, tin-glazed, and painted in blue. Circular with deep sides, standing on an outward-sloping footring . The inside is decorated with a large circular medallion containing Chinese figures standing in an Oriental landscape. On the outside there are seated and standing Chinese figures, and a stag and a hind standing in an Oriental landscape. Round the rim are the inscriptions: ‘MY STAF IN MY HAND SHOWS THAT I AM LEVTENNANT TO Ye KING THEN FAITHFVLL I WILL LIVE & DYE LOYALL IN EVERY THING SS’; outside ‘OH NOW BE PRAISED OVR WIVES ARE PLEASED & THAT’S BVT NOW & THEN WE WILL FALL TO OVR DRINK & WIL NOT SHRINK FOR WE ARE SVRE THEY WIL SCOLD ANON’. Round the foot: ‘A DISH OF PVNSH GIVE ME TO DRINK FOR FROM THE SAME I WILL NOT SHRINK 1683’ . The initials 'TW' are painted on the base and repeated in monogram.

Notes

History note: Said to have been for a long time in the possession of the Keible family living near Colchester, and to have passed by descent to Mrs George V. Colsell of Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, whose husband sold it after her death. Purchased at Christie's sale on 26 July 1909, lot 127 by Mr Stonor for Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, Trinity College, Cambridge.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 30 cm
Height: 14.6 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Brislington ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

Late 18th century
Charles II
Production date: dated AD/CE 1683

Note

Attributed to Lambeth by Rackham in 1935, but the calligraphy and aspects of the decoration suggest that it was probably made at Brislington

This is the second earliest English delftware punchbowl known. The earliest, dated 1681, is in the Victoria and Albert Museum (C.62-1964).

School or Style

Chinese Late Ming

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration: composed of high-temperature colour ( blue) Bowl:

Materials used in production

bluish Tin-glaze buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: MY STAF IN MY HAND SHOWS THAT I AM LEVTENNANT TO Ye KING THEN FAITHFVLL I WILL LIVE & DYE LOYALL IN EVERY THING SS’
  • Location: Round inside of rim
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Inscription
  • Text: OH NOW BE PRAISED OVR WIVES ARE PLEASED & THAT’S BVT NOW & THEN WE WILL FALL TO OVR DRINK & WIL NOT SHRINK FOR WE ARE SVRE THEY WIL SCOLD ANON
  • Location: On outside of rim
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Inscription
  • Text: A DISH OF PVNSH GIVE ME TO DRINK FOR FROM THE SAME I WILL NOT SHRINK 1683
  • Location: Round foot
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Inscription

Inscription present: initials repeated in monogram

  • Text: TW
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Initials

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1339-1928
Primary reference Number: 71833
Old object number: 3079
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 10 February 2021 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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