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Tankard: C.2037-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Production: Unidentified Westerwald pottery




Greyish-buff salt-glazed stoneware decorated on the main field with a relief of Adam and Eve, flanked by cartouches containing two men fighting with swords, coloured in blue and manganese-purple; pewter mounts, cover, and replacement handle

Greyish-buff stoneware, thrown, decorated with applied moulded reliefs, coloured in blue and manganese-purple, and salt-glazed. The handle has been replaced in pewter, and is attached to a band around the upper part of the sides, and by means of a hinge, to a shell-shaped thumb piece, and a low domed cover. The cylindrical tankard has sides which slope inwards slightly towards the top where they contract to provide a ledge for the cover to rest on. Round the middle of the sides is a wide band with a central relief of Adam and Eve on either side of the Tree of Knowledge, flanked by scrolled cartouches enclosing two men fighting with swords, who wear knee breeches and hats with feathers. Above and below is a horizontal blue band between cordons and a band of lozenge diamond motifs in relief coloured alternately blue and purple. Another blue band encircles the top above the pewter mount.


History note: Crome’s Antique Shop, Crosby Square, Bishopsgate Street, EC., where bought for £1 on 2, March 1912 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 16.3 cm
Height: 3 cm
Width: 13.6 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, first half#
Circa 1700 - 1750


The stoneware industry in the Westerwald developed first in the area of three villages, Höhr, Grenzau and Grenzhausen (currently Höhr-Grenzhausen), where potters formed a guild in 1643, and expanded to other villages in the area. Production increased greatly after the end of the Thirty Years War in 1648, and Westerwald stoneware was exported on a large scale to other parts of Europe, including Britain. Typically the vessels made, such as tankards and jugs, had a pale grey body with incised or applied relief decoration coloured in blue or blue and manganese-purple before salt-glazing.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( cobalt-blue and manganese-purple)
Mounts, Handle composed of pewter ( probably)
Surface composed of salt-glaze
Base Diameter 10 cm

Materials used in production

greyish-buff Stoneware

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2037-1928
Primary reference Number: 73035
Old object number: 3484
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 21 February 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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