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Tankard: C.2076-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Production: Unidentified Altenburg pottery




Pale tan salt-glazed stoneware with impressed and applied white and brown applied floral decoration

Buff stoneware, thrown and turned, coated with a light tan wash, and decorated with impressed white and brown 'pearls', and applied white reliefs, under salt-glaze. The cylindrical body has wide rilling round the top and bottom, and a strap handle. The main field is decorated with floral sprays branching to right and left of a stylized tulip worked in impressed 'peals'. Above and below there is a horizontal band of applied rosettes.


History note: H.J. Fielding (1834-1921); Puttick & Simpson, 27 January 1922, Pottery and Porcelain, the property of the late Henry Johnes Fielding Esq. (Grandson of Henry Fielding) of 17 Hereford Square, S.W., one of five items in lot 72; bought by Mack, the saleroom porter on behalf of Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambidge

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Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 20.3 cm
Width: 15.5 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Altenburg ⪼ Saxony ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

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


Early 18th Century
Circa 1720 - 1750


Altenburg is situated on the border between West Saxony and Thuringia in eastern Germany. Stoneware was being produced there by the third decade of the seventeenth century and in 1667 six master potters were recorded. This tankard illustrates the light tan colour typical of Altenburg stoneware during the first half of the eighteenth century, much of which was decorated with applied white rosette prunts, and various motifs made of tiny pellets of clay pressed into the surface , known as Perldekor.

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Components of the work

Surface composed of salt-glaze
Base Diameter 11 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2076-1928
Primary reference Number: 73078
Old object number: 3984
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 21 February 2023 Last processed: Tuesday 6 June 2023

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

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