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Flower brick: C.1543-1928

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Maker(s)

unidentified London pottery (Production)

Description

Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue with a continuous landscape with a horseman and a dog on each side, the top is pierced by three large and nineteen small holes

Buff earthenware, probably slab-built, pierced, tin-glazed bluish-white and painted in blue. The flower brick is rectangular with the top and base recessed and chamfered, and the former pierced by three large and nineteen smaller holes. One long side is decorated with a dog and a man on horseback travelling to the left in a landscape with a tree behind the rider and buildings in the distance on the left. The other long side has a man on horseback galloping to the left in a landscape with a tree behind the rider, and buildings in the distance on the left, which similarly continues on the short end. The landscapes continue on the two ends. The large holes in the top are encircled by a blue band, and the small holes by petal-like strokes.

Notes

History note: Gog Magog House, Cambridgeshire; Duke of Leeds sale, Christie's, 4 May 1894, Porcelain, lot 29, sold for 15s.0d.; Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 8.2 cm
Height: 9.5 cm
Length: 16.4 cm

Relative size of this object

16.4 cm9.5 cm8.2 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

Mid 18th Century
George II
George III
Circa 1745 CE - 1765 CE

Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

bluish-white Tin-glaze buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Slab-building : Buff earthenware, slab-built, pierced, tin-glazed, and painted n blue
Tin-glazing

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1543-1928
Primary reference Number: 72193
Old object number: 123
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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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