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Punch bowl: C.1503-1928

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Brislington Pottery (Pottery)


Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue

Buff earthenware, tin-glazed greenish-blue and painted in blue. Circular with deep curved sides, standing on a footring. The exterior is painted with Chinese figures in an Oriental landscape. Thei nside has a central medallion enclosing a three-quarter length figure of a man holding small cups standing beside a table on which there is a punch bowl. He has long hair, and wears a coat and a cravat. Above his head are the initials and date
T S/16 84'. On either side of medallion there is a plant. On the sides there is a horizontal line with stylized shallow fan-shaped groups of leaves or flowers alternating with three leaves.


History note: Puttick & Simpson, London, sale of 1 February 1918; bought by Mr Stoner on behalf of Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 29.7 cm
Height: 14 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Brislington ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 17th Century
Charles II
Production date: dated AD/CE 1684


The Chinese figures and landscape on the exterior were derived from Chinese porcelain in the Ming Transitional style

School or Style

Ming Transitional

Components of the work

Decoration: composed of high-temperature colour ( blue from cobalt)

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware greenish-blue Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Buff earthenware, thrown, tin-glazed greenish-blue, and painted in blue high-temperature colour

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: T S/16 84
  • Location: Inside bowl over man's head
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1503-1928
Primary reference Number: 72107
Old object number: 4608
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Saturday 15 January 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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