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Wall cistern: C.1969-1928

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Lötscher, Andreas (Production)


Slip-coated earthenware painted in manganese-purple, olive-green, red and yellow with flowers

Buff earthenware, coated overall except for the back with white slip, and painted in olive-green, red, yellow, and manganese-purple under a clear lead-glaze. The cistern is semi-circular in plan with straight sides and two twisted handles on opposing sides. The domed top is cut away at the back, and is surmounted by an applied twist. In the middle of the front, a mask in relief is flanked by painted sprays of flowers, and below it, there is a hole in which is inserted a brass tap in the from of a monster's head.


History note: Mr Dreyfus, Geneva, from whom purchased on 22 February 1904 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 21.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • St Antönien ⪼ Canton Graübunden ⪼ Switzerland

Acquisition and important dates

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


Early 19th Century
Production date: circa AD/CE 1823

Materials used in production

presumed lead-glaze Lead-glaze High-temperature colours Slip Earthenware

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1969-1928
Primary reference Number: 72917
Old object number: 2041
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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