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Tobacco jar: C.65 & A-1997

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The Three Bells Factory (Production)


Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue with a quay scene and labeled 'MACUBA'

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


History note: Unknown before G.H.W. Rylands, Litt D., CBE, CH, King's College, Cambridge

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 21.6 cm
Height: 25 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 (DieDrie Klokken) operated in Delft between 1670 and 1840

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: MACUBA
  • Location: On panel below scene on front
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.65 & A-1997
Primary reference Number: 75743
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 16 November 2021 Last processed: Tuesday 16 November 2021

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

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