Cistern, divided into two sections
- Object Number: 661
- Simple Name: cistern
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- Production Place: London
- Production Place: England
- Creation, production or manufacture details: modelled
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- Summary: Cistern, divided into two sections. Tin-glazed earthenware. Possibly used for storing and dispensing water and wine. With modelled shapes and painted details in blue, manganese and orange in the style reminiscent of Italian maiolica. Each side bears a painted landscape, one with a theme of life, the other death. A figure once stood at the front but now only feet remain. The front bears an inscription and date, 'I T - 1 1638'. The spout of the cistern is a central mask.
- Terms:101 Ceramic Highlights
- Additional Notes: Cisterns of this type, with elaborate decoration, would have stood in the dining rooms of the wealthy classes. They were commonly used for water but could as easily been used for beers or wines. The decoration on this cistern is of a style rarely featured of British tin-glazed wares and the cistern is in itself a particularly rare object with only two other comparable examples recorded. There are only two other similar cisterns known in public collections, one at Colonial Williamsburg and one at the British Museum. this is the only 'squared' shaped of the three ,making it particularly distinct.
- Contact: Potteries Museum and Art Gallery