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Posset pot: C.1652 & A-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Pottery: Brislington Pottery




Buff earthenware tin-glazed white and painted in blue and turqoise-green.The pot has a bulbous body with a short cylindrical neck and is supported on three bird-shaped feet. It has a curved sucking spout in the middle of one side, and two handles formed by twojoined rolls of clay with twisting upper and lower terminals, and on their backs, a wavy serpent. The domed cover is in the form of a crown surmounted by a Maltese cross. The body and lid are painted with stylized plants, leaves and flowers with dotted circles in the background. The underside of the lid is inscribed ‘EK/1699’.


History note: Mr Hampton of Cunliffe and Co., 38 Hanway Street, London; bought for £31.10s.0d. on 21 November 1917 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge. He received it after conservation by Cunliffe on 7 February 1918.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 32.4 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
William III (1750-1702)
Production date: dated AD 1699

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue and turquoise green)

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: EK/1699
  • Location: On underside of cover
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1652 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 72393
Old object number: 4861
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 3 August 2022 Last processed: Tuesday 22 November 2022

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

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