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Mug: C.1341-1928

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Norfolk House (Pottery)


Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue

Buff earthenware, thrown, with applied handle, tin-glazed and painted in blue; most of the glaze has been removed from the base. The mug has a cylindrical neck, a depressed globular body, and a slightly convex disk base. The loop handle is of oval section with a rolled terminal. The body is decorated with a long label framed by a narrow and a wide blue line with a scalloped line running round the outer edge and three leaves at each corner. This bears the inscription ':GOD:BLES:KING:WILIAM:&:Q MARY:' Below the rim there is a horizontal line with alternately long and short pointed leaves projecting downwards from it.


History note: Mr S. Richards of Nottingham from whom purchased on 15 December, 1906 for £14.10s.0d. by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge.

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 11.5 cm
Width: 13.5 cm

Relative size of this object

13.5 cm11.5 cm What does this represent?

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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


Late 17th Century
William III and Mary II
Circa 1689 CE - 1694 1694 CE


Probably made at Norfolk House, Lambeth

Components of the work

Decoration: composed of high-temperature colour ( blue from cobalt) Mouth: Diameter 8.2 cm

Materials used in production

mostly wiped off the base Tin-glazing Earthenware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Location: On body
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1341-1928
Primary reference Number: 71836
Old object number: 3196
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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