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Anthropomorphic vessel: C.1433-1928

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Object information


  • Figure of Nobody

Tin-glazed and painted earthenware vessel in the form of a man smoking a pipe, initialled and dated 'M/RM/1675'

Buff earthenware, moulded, pierced, tin-glazed, and painted in blue, pale turquoise-green, yellow, and orange. Nobody stands with his feet together, his left hand resting on his hip, and his right hand outstretched and holding a pipe which he is puffing. The pipe was made separately and attached. The roughly circular mound base has a pierced border of single holes alternating with pairs of smaller holes, some of which are filled with glaze. The underside is initialled and dated 'M/RM/1675'

Cyril Andrade, London from whom purchased on 13 October 1926 for £21 by Dr Glaisher.

Named entities

Legal notes

Dr. J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Acquisition and important dates

  • Method of acquisition: Bequeathed
  • Dates: 1928-12-07




This figure was earlier attributed to London, probably Southwark, but Brislington Pottery has been suggested as an alternative.

Nobody is a non-existent person who is blamed for mishaps and minor misdemeanours. This figure resembles an illustration of Nobody on the title page of Nobody and Somebody, a play published in London in 1606.

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Measurements and weight

  • Height: 23.3 cm

Agents depicted

Subjects depicted

Components of the work

  • Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, pale turquoise-green, yellow, and orange)
  • Base measuring: Diameter by cm by 10.6

Materials used in production

Techniques used in production

  • Moulding : Buff earthenware, moulded in parts, tin-glazed, and painted in blue, pale turquoise-green, yellow, and orange.
  • Tin-glazing

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: M/RM/1675
  • Location: On underside of base
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

Associated department: Applied Arts

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

  • Accession number: C.1433-1928
  • Primary reference Number: 71996
  • Old object number: 4440
  • Stable URI

Audit data

  • Created: Saturday 6 August 2011
  • Updated: Tuesday 16 March 2021
  • Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021
  • Data source: Adlib

Associated institutions

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