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House-shaped Cistern: C.2416 & A-1928

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House-shaped Cistern


Greek A Factory (Factory)
Kocks, Adriaen (Proprietor)


House-shaped cistern with detachable roof, and detachable silver spigot. Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue, with putti on the roof, and three views of a formal garden on the exterior of cistern.


History note: Frederick Muller, Amsterdam, 28 November 1908, lot 411; purchased by the dealer, Koopman for a total of £97.10.0 including commission and expenses on behalf of Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr. J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 24 cm
Height: 42.3 cm
Width: 30 cm

Relative size of this object

30 cm42.3 cm24 cm What does this represent?

Relative size of this object is displayed using code inspired by Good Form and Spectacle's work on the British Museum's Waddeson Bequest website and their dimension drawer. They chose a tennis ball to represent a universally sized object, from which you could envisage the size of an object.

Place(s) associated

  • Delft ⪼ Holland ⪼ Netherlands

Acquisition and important dates

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


End of 17th century
Production date: circa AD/CE 1700


Adriaen Kocks, also written Adrianus Kocx, was proprietor of the Greek A factory from 1686-1701.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration: composed of cobalt-blue Cistern: composed of tin-glaze earthenware Spigot: composed of silver

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Tin-glazed earthenware, moulded in two parts, the roof and boody with applied low bun feet, painted in blue

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: AK monogram
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Factory mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2416 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 73472
Old object number: 2889
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 16 March 2021 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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