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Posset pot

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Tin-glazed earthenware posset pot and cover, painted in cobalt blue with Chinese figures and a stag in landscapes

Posset pot with cover and stand (see C.1504B-1928). Buff earthenware with very pale turquoise-green tin-glaze, painted in cobalt blue. The pot is bulbous, with wide neck and two handles branching into corkscrew coils and decorated with applied serpents; between them, on one side, is a sucking spout. On the cover, which is domed, is a knob in the form of an openwork globe with a bird perched upon it, flanked by handles similar to those on the pot. The pot and the circular stand each rest on three feet in the shape of small birds. The pot and the cover are painted with Chinese figures in landscapes, in the manner of late Ming porcelain; under the base the initials and date 'C T A 1685'. On the stand there is a man and woman in European dress drinking (perhaps intended as Lot and his daughters), with sun, moon and stars in the sky and the same initials and date '1686'.

Purchased from Mr Stoner in London for £59 on 1 May 1917 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Named entities

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Acquisition and important dates

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




Previously uncertain whether the posset pot was Lambeth or Bristol. See Garner, 1972, in documentation, for attribution to Lambeth. See Archer, 2007 for attribution possibly to Brislington. The stand is catalogued separately because it has unrelated decoration, and may not originally have been with this posset pot.

Place(s) associated

  • Brislington ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England

Measurements and weight

  • Height: 31.1 cm
  • Width: 31 cm

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Techniques used in production

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: the T is raised above a dot

  • Text: C T A 1685
  • Location: Under base
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Initials

Associated department: Applied Arts

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Identification numbers

  • Accession number: C.1504 & A-1928
  • Primary reference Number: 72108
  • Old object number: 4859
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Audit data

  • Created: Saturday 6 August 2011
  • Updated: Friday 27 November 2020
  • Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021
  • Data source: Adlib

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