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Both the form of this pot and its mounts typify the standardized formula that had developed for these wares in response to a broadening market during the 1580s. By that date they were clearly being made in large numbers. The mermaid thumbpiece of this pot was a standard component of this period.
Information derived from T. Schroder, British and Continental Gold and Silver in the Ashmolean (2009)
Associated placeEurope Germany North Rhine-Westphalia Cologne (possible) (possible place of creation)Europe Germany North Rhine-Westphalia Cologne Frechen (possible) (possible place of creation)Europe United Kingdom England Greater London London (mounts) (place of creation)
mounts 1582 - 1583
Material and technique
silver-gilt and stoneware
Dimensions25.1 cm (height)
No. of items
Bequeathed by A.T. Carter, 1947.
Museum locationSecond floor | Gallery 55 | Silver
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Glossary of terms
Ceramic material made of clay which is fired to a temperature of c.1200-1300⁰c and is often buff or grey in colour.
Schroder, Timothy, British and Continental Gold and Silver in the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, 2009), 8