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Unknown (potter)

IH (goldsmith)


Islamic pottery (sub-category)Iznik (sub-category)






fritware, wheel thrown, painted red slip, blue green and black under a colourless, slightly pitted glaze Shape: pear shaped body with a cylindrical slightly flaring neck, sits on a low foot ring. A strap handle is attached just below the rim and on the shoulder, covered on the exterior with a sliver gilt mount. Circular silver gilt mount on the base, a circular hinged lid on the rim is mounted with a finial and with a thumb rest; a strip is mounted on the handle running down to the base. Exterior: three linear friezes on below the rim, on the shoulder and on the lower body comprise respectively black scalloped lines, black dashed lines with underlying blue lappets and roughly drawn black crenulations. These friezes enclose a pattern of blue pomegranates and scrolling red hyacinths that dominate the neck and body. Glaze covers the surface including the underside of the foot ring. The mounts are cast and engraved, with lappets on the base, reeded with a serrated edge on the handle, with lions’ masks and fruit on the lid and with a winged figure on the thumb rest. Interior: Glazed but otherwise undecorated.

Production Place

Iznik (potter) (place) ()

Turkey (potter) (country) ()

Turkish (potter) (nationality) ()

London (goldsmith) (place) ()

England (goldsmith) (country) ()

Technique Description

fritware, wheel thrown, painted red slip, blue green and black under a colourless, slightly pitted glaze


height: (whole): 26.2 cm
width: (whole): 14.2 cm
diameter: (rim): 7.7 cm
diameter: (base): 9.8 cm
weight: (whole): 780 g


late 16th Century


circa 1580 to 1593


bought: Mallett & Son 1948-11-18 (Filtered for: Applied Arts collection)

Possibly Elizabeth Tollemache, Duchess of Lauderdale; Dysart Collection, Ham House, Richmond; C.L.N. Tollemache; sold Christie's, 26 July 1948, Catalogue of Old English Silver, The Property of C.L.N. Tollemache Esq., Ham House, Richmond, Surrey, p. 17, lot 135, illustrated as frontispiece

Purchased with the Leverton Harris Fund, and from the bequest of Albert Leopold Reckitt


  1. hallmark
    Position: on mount
    Method: struck
    Content: leopard's head
    Interpretation: London
  2. hallmark
    Position: on mount
    Method: struck
    Content: lion passant
    Interpretation: sterling standard silver
  3. date letter
    Position: on mount
    Method: struck
    Content: P
    Description: P in shield
    Interpretation: London date letter for 1592-93
  4. maker's mark
    Position: on mount
    Method: struck
    Content: IH
    Description: IH in shield
    Interpretation: unidentified maker's mark
  5. inscription
    Position: handle mount
    Method: pricked
    Content: ET
    Description: small incised dots grouped to form letter
    Interpretation: owner's mark, initials of Elizabeth Tollemache, Countess of Dysart


  1. Roundell, J A E (1904) Ham House; its history and art treasures, London: G. Bell and Sons [page: 149]
    [comments: Ill. in Vol II as 'Jug of Rhodian Pottery' in section related in the Miniature Room]
  2. (1948) Fine Old English Silver. The Property of C.L.N. Tollemache, Esq., The Rt. Hon. The Countess of Mar, Roger Gresley Esq., Mrs Robert Rankin, Mrs J.B.Body and from Other Sources. Monday, July 26, 1948., London: Christie's [page: 17]
    [comments: Publ. lot 135, frontpiece]
  3. Rackham, Bernard Turkish Pottery, [page: 35-49]
    Source title: Transactions of the Oriental Ceramics Society (1934-5)
    [comments: Publ. Plate 21b and p. 45]
  4. Winter, Carl (1958) The Fitzwilliam Museum, An Illustrated Survey, London: Trianon Press [page: 112]
    [comments: Publ. p. 112, no. 26, illustrated p. 113]
  5. Sutton, Denys (1959) Christie's Since the War: An Essay in Taste, Patronage and Collecting, London: Christie, Manson & Woods [page: 92]
    [comments: Publ., p. 92, illustrated pl. 34]
  6. Crighton, Robin A. (1975) Cambridge Plate, Cambridge (Cambs.): The Fitzwilliam Museum [page: 20]
    [comments: Publ. p. 20, no. MTD9, illustrated]
  7. (1982) Treasures of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Cambs.): Pevensey Press [page: 54]
    [comments: Publ. p. 54, no. 52]
  8. (1986) Northwest, New York [page: 61] November 1986)
    [comments: Publ. p. 61 illustrated]
  9. (1988) Turkey and Europe in a Cultural Context, Cambridge (Cambs.)
    [comments: Publ. Illustrated pl. II (two)]
  10. (1989) Europa und der Orient 800-1900, Berlin [page: 189, 615]
    [comments: Publ. p. 189, pl. 208 (colour), p. 615, catalogue number 4/128]
  11. Kinik, Zeynep (1989) Iznik Seramikleri Sergisi/Exhibition of Iznik Ceramics, Istanbul: Istanbul Research Centre [page: 59, 84]
    [comments: Publ. p, 59, no. 177, illustrated p. 85, colour pl. with text p. 84]
  12. Atasoy, Nurhan (1989) Iznik : the Pottery of Ottoman Turkey, London: Alexandria Press [page: 269-72]
    [comments: Publ. no. 597. Ref. on exported Iznik]
  13. Glanville, Philippa (1990) Silver in Tudor and Early Stuart England, A Social History and Catalogue of the National Collection 1480-1660, London: Victoria and Albert Museum [page: 270-1]
    [comments: Publ. p. 270, no. 597, ill. p. 271. Publ. Mentioned on p. 430 in connection with no. 49, an example in the Victoria and Albert Museum with unmarked English mounts of c.1570-80]
  14. Carswell, John (1998) Iznik Pottery, London: British Museum Publications Limited [page: 100]
    [comments: Publ. p. 100, pl. 81]
  15. Holt, James (1995) Foundations for the Future. The University of Cambridge, Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Press [page: 58]
    [comments: Publ. no. 10]
  16. Yenişehirlioğlu, F. (2004) Ottoman Ceramics in European Contexts, [page: 379]
    Source title: Muqarnas, Essays in Honor of J. M. Rogers (2004)
    [comments: Ref. to Ottoman ceramics in England]
  17. (2005) Treasures of the Fitzwilliam Museum, London: Scala [page: 140]
    [comments: Publ. p. 100, pl. 81]

Other Notes

The likely former owner, Elizabeth Tollemache, was daughter of William Murray, the 'whipping boy' of Charles I. William took punishment on behalf of the prince and subsequently formed a strong bond with him. Ham House became William's home in 1626, subsequently passing, in 1655, to his daughter Elizabeth along with his titles. Elizabeth became Countess of Dysart and married Sir Lionel Tollemache in 1648, with whom she had 11 children, 5 of which survived to adulthood. Elizabeth belonged to the 'Sealed Knot' the secret organisation supporting the exiled King. After Tollemache's death (1699) she married John Maitland in 1672 who was 1st Duke of Lauderdale, Secretary of State for Scotland. Elizabeth died in 1698, when Ham House and the Dysart title passed to her eldest son from her first marriage Lionel Tollemache, 3rd Earl of Dysart (1649-1727).

Accession Number

M.16-1948 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 77216; Input Date: 2004-03-11 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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