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

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Current Location: In storage


House-shaped Cistern


Factory: Greek A Factory
Proprietor: Kocks, Adriaen




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

Place(s) associated

  • Delft ⪼ Holland ⪼ Netherlands

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, Late
Production date: circa AD 1700


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

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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
  • Location: On both parts
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: 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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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 10 October 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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