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J.W.L. Glaisher


tin-glazed earthenware




Renaissance, maiolica jug, painted in relief-blue, relief-green, yellow and manganese with a Lombardic 'N' terminating in foliage on each side.

Red earthenware, tin-glazed greyish-white on the exterior. Painted in dark relief-blue, relief-green, yellow, and manganese. Globular body with short flaring neck, pinched at the front to form a lip, and loop handle with an applied longitudinal strip down the centre. On the front is a shield charged with the arms or, three bars azure, below which is an outlined, uncoloured area, perhaps a badge. On each side is a Lombardic `N' terminating in foliage. The spaces are filled by small cross-hatched compartments and wavy-edged leaves. The handles are flanked by leaves and blue spots on a wavy stem between two sets of three vertical manganese lines. A similar stem encircles the neck between pairs of horizontal manganese bands. Down the back of the handle and extending below it there are leaves on a wavy stem.

Production Place

Florence (maker) (place) ()

Tuscany (maker) (region)

Italy (maker) (country)

Technique Description

Red earthenware, tin-glazed greyish-white on the exterior. Painted in dark relief-blue, relief-green, yellow, and manganese.


height: (whole): 40.0 cm
width: (whole): 35.0 cm


15th century


circa 1440 to 1460


bequeathed: Glaisher, J.W.L., Dr 1928 (Filtered for: Applied Arts collection)

William Morris (d. 1896); Mrs William Morris; Miss May Morris, from whom purchased on 30 January 1921 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher for £150 (MS Cat. 3702 and a letter from Sydney Cockerell to Glaisher stuck into the book next to the entry).

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest


  1. Rackham, Bernard (1935 (reprinted Antique Collectors' Club, Woodbridge, 1987)) Catalogue of the Glaisher Collection of Pottery and Porcelain in the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Press [page: p. 281]
    [comments: Publ. I, p. 281, no. 2165 & colour pl. XVIII Rackham attributed this jug to Florence and identified the arms as probably those of the Bruscolo family of Bologna, whose alias was or, three bars azure. The combination of slightly relief-blue and relief-green, however, is not typical of the Florence region, and the extremely bulbous form is more characteristic of later jugs from Siena.]
  2. Palmer, Jock Pegler Italian maiolica of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, [page: p. 133]
    Source title: Apollo (February 1966)
    [comments: Publ. p. 133, fig. 3.]

Other Notes

Accession Number

C.2165-1928 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 48196; Input Date: 2002-05-28 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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