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Tankard: C.2071-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Production: Unidentified Creussen Pottery




Brown stoneware with carved, applied moulded, and polychrome enamelled decoration, and the inscription HANS KELLNER 1630 in relief round the lower edge

Brown stoneware, thrown, with applied moulded and carved decoration, dark brown wash, and salt-glaze, painted after firing in blue, green, yellow, red, and white enamels. Cylindrical with sloping sides and a strap handle. The interior has a cup-shaped insertion to reduce the capacity of the tankard. A hole in the top of the handle, and a ledge below the rim indicate that it was provided with a hinged cover and thumbpiece. Around the middle of the body there is a wide band of carved narrow vertical diaper ornament painted in red, blue, yellow and green with a horizontal row of white spots above and below. Above and below those, is a horizontal band of red and yellow interlace enclosing blue diamond-shapes surrounded by white spots, and there are further band of spots below the rim and below the lower band of interlace. Round the base in relief is the name and date, 'HANS . KELLNER .' painted in white, and two brooch-like reliefs below the handle. A lion's mask and spray of foliage are applied to the back of the handle.


History note: Mr Phillips, Hitchin from whom purchased not later than1895 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 13 cm
Width: 16 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Creussen ⪼ Bavaria ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, Mid#
Production date: dated AD 1630

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, green, yellow, red, and white)
Surface composed of salt-glaze
Base Diameter 13.2 cm

Materials used in production

brown Stoneware

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2071-1928
Primary reference Number: 76595
Old object number: 729
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 23 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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