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Posset pot: C.1653 & A-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Probably Brislington Pottery (Production)


Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue and dull red

Buff earthenware, tin-glazed greyish-white, and painted in blue and dull red. The pot had a bulbous body with a short cylindrical neck. It has two handles, each formed by two joined rolls of clay with twisted terminals and snakes applied to the backs. On one side there is an applied S-shaped tubular spout (top missing) with a snake applied to the front. The domed cover has an acorn-shaped knob surmounted by a bird, and two handles pf similar form to those on the pot, but with long snake-like lower terminals extending sideways. One handle is mainly a plaster replacement. The pot and cover are decorated in red and blue with formal leaves and flowers in panels framed by foliated scrolls, with fern or feather-like motifs between them. The knob has a formal flower and leaves on each side. The snakes and bird are blue.


History note: Unknown before Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 32 cm
Width: 25.7 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Brislington ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


George I
George II
Circa 1720 CE - 1730 CE

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue and red) Finial Handles Pot

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware greyish-white Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1653 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 72394
Old object number: R1653
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 16 July 2020 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

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

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