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Water bottle: C.1724-1928

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Object information

Tin-glazed earthenware water-bottle, painted in high-temperature 'Fazackerley' colours with flowers, fruit and a Chinese figure.

Buff earthenware, thrown, tin-glazed and painted in blue, yellow, brownish-orange and olive green, outlined in manganese-black. Bulbous, with a long narrow neck and cup-shaped mouth. On the body, id a large spray of formal flowers and a figure of a man carrying a basket of fruit; a diaper and floral border encircles the neck.

Acquired by the vendor, Mr Plumb, at Litlington, Cambridgeshire; purchased for £7.10s. 0d. on 4 August 1923 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




Water bottles, also known as ‘guglets’, were supplied in sets with basins for washing.

The distinctive palette is known as 'Fazackerly'.

Place(s) associated

  • Liverpool ⪼ Lancashire ⪼ England

Measurements and weight

  • Height: 22.8 cm
  • Height: 9 in

Agents depicted

Subjects depicted

Components of the work

  • Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( in blue, yellow, brownish-orange and olive green, outlined in manganese-black)
  • Body measuring: Diameter by cm by 14

Materials used in production

Techniques used in production

  • Throwing : Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue, yellow, brownish-orange and olive green, outlined in manganese-black high-temperature (metallic oxide) colours; footring wiped clean of glaze
  • Tin-glazing

Associated department: Applied Arts

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

  • Accession number: C.1724-1928
  • Primary reference Number: 72532
  • Old object number: 4327
  • Stable URI

Audit data

  • Created: Saturday 6 August 2011
  • Updated: Tuesday 16 February 2021
  • Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021
  • Data source: Adlib

Associated institutions

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