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Jug: C.2008-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Production: Unidentified Siegburg pottery




Pale buff stoneware, thrown and turned, with applied strap handle, applied moulded reliefs, and salt-glaze. The bottle has a long neck with a turned rim, rising from a bulbous body standing on a flat, turned base. A strap handle with a vertical depression is attached to the shoulder and neck. On the front of the neck and shoulder there is a moulded bearded face mask, and on the widest part of the body, three applied moulded medallions of the arms of the Duchy of Juliers, Cleves and Berg with the date 1585.above


History note: Mr Jennings, Bournemouth, where viewed in April 1921; sent to Cambridge on approval and bought for £4 on 21 April 1921 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 24.6 cm
Width: 14.8 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Siegburg ⪼ North Rhine-Westphalia ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 16th Century
Production date: circa AD 1585 : dated


Bearded facemasks may have originated in the Wild Man, a legendary creature in north European folklore, who was believed to inhabit mountainous and forested regions. They were used more frequently on jugs of his form made in Frechen and Cologne, than on Siegburg ware.

Components of the work

Surface composed of glaze ( presumed ash-glaze)
Base Diameter 9 cm

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: situated within each of the three medallions over the coat-of-arms

  • Text: 1585
  • Location: On exterior of sides
  • Method of creation: Moulded
  • Type: Date

Inscription present: rectangular white paper stick-on label with a dark blue line border on the left top and right sides

  • Text: No 3848/Bellarmine of/white Siegburg/stoneware with/the arms of/Cleves-Berg &/date 1585./b. April 21/1921.Sent me/from London
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2008-1928
Primary reference Number: 72993
Old object number: 3848
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 10 May 2022 Last processed: Tuesday 22 November 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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