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Tobacco jar: C.64 & A-1997

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The Three Bells Factory (Factory)


Buff earthenware tobacco jar, tin-glazed overall, except for the outer edge of the base, and painted in blue. The ovoid jar has a short, everted neck, the centre of the base slightly concave. On the front is a view of a quay with, a seated European man seated in the middle, a native American man standing holding a pipe with his back to the viewer beside a barrel on the left, and on the right, another barrel and a sack. Behind them are the masts and rigging of a ship. On each side there is a curved palm, and below, in a panel 'HAVANA' with two horizontal palm fronds below. The jar has a circular ebonized wood cover with sloping sides and slightly domed top (not the original cover).


History note: Unknown before G.H.W. Rylands, Litt D., CBE, CH

Legal notes

Given by G. H. W. Rylands in memory of his mother, Betha Wolferstan Rylands

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 21.7 cm
Height: 25.4 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Delft ⪼ Holland ⪼ United Provinces of the Netherlands

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1997-07-14) by Rylands, G.H.W.


Second half of 18th century
Early 19th Century
Circa 1750 CE - 1820 CE


The Three Bells Factory (De Drie Klokken) operated in Delft between 1670 and 1841

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue from cobalt) Cover composed of wood ( ebonized) Diameter 13.3 cm

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Buff earthenware, thrown, tin-glazed, and painted in blue

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: three bell outlines
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: HAVANA
  • Location: On panel below scene on front
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.64 & A-1997
Primary reference Number: 75720
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 16 November 2021 Last processed: Tuesday 16 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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