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Jug: C.2018-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Production: Unidentified Frechen pottery




Brown salt-glazed stoneware with an applied bearded face mask on the neck and below an applied oval medallion containing a flower, a rectangle and a cartoucbe

Grey stoneware with applied moulded mask, iron-brown wash and salt-glaze. The bottle has a bulbous body contracting into a narrow cylindrical neck with cordons at the top, and a small loop handle with two vertical grooves. A crude bearded face mask is applied on the front of the neck, and below is an oval medallion enclosing a formal flower, a rectangle containing triangles and spots, and an oval cartouche. There is a large scar on one side.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 12.9 cm
Height: 20.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Frechen ⪼ Rhineland ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century#
Circa 1600 - 1699


The German term for salt-glazed stoneware jugs with a bearded mask on the neck is Bartmannkrug (bearded man jug). Workshops in Cologne, and Frechen, made them in vast quantities during the six¬teenth and seven¬teenth centuries. They were made in different sizes for domestic or commer¬cial purposes, and were expor¬ted widely. Dutch merchants shipped them to England, where they became known as `grey beards', or `Bellar¬mines' reputedly after Cardinal Roberto Bellarmino (1542-1621) whose reforming zeal made him unpopular in Prot¬estant states. The term was first mentioned in William Cartwright’s comedy 'The Ordinary, (1634).Some of the jugs are decorated with a medallion enclosing the coat-of-arms of a town, duchy, or family, or a merchant's mark.

Components of the work

Surface composed of iron-brown wash ( or 'dip') salt-glaze
Base Diameter 6.1 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2018-1928
Primary reference Number: 76573
Old object number: 662
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 9 August 2022 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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

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