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Box in the form of a bundle of asparagus: C.2367 & A-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Box in the form of a bundle of asparagus


Production: Unknown




Tin-glazed earthenware moulded in two parts in the shape of a bundle of asparagus and painted in shades of green, purple, and pale brown

Buff earthenware, moulded in two parts in the form of a bundle of asparagus tied with two tapes. The box is of a tapering rectangular form with a recessed base, and sides and ends moulded as sticks of asparagus. Its top has a tapering rectangular aperture with a raised edge over which the lid fits. The lid is similarly moulded but shallower. The asparagus stalks are painted pale green with darker green tips and purple and pale purple details. The two tapes are painted in pale brown and a darker shade of the same colour .


History note: Mr Heath, dealer of Peterborough; his sale; Mr Jolley, Cambridge from whom bought in August 1900 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 8 cm
Length: 16 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Strasbourg ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th century
Circa 1800 - 1900


Made in imitation of 18th-century Strasbourg faïence.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( shades of green, purple and pale brown)

Materials used in production

except edge of base which unglazed Tin-glazing

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: H . . underlined 39 with dot below and on left, a small 2
  • Location: On base of lower part
  • Method of creation: Painted in greyish-black
  • Type: Factory mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2367 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 76731
Old object number: 2381
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 14 February 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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