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Posset pot

Posset pot

  • Place of origin:

    Fremington (made)

  • Date:

    1800-1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lead-glazed earthenware with incised slip decoration

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Sir Leigh Ashton

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Reddish earthenware covered with white slip under a yellowish glaze; moulded and incised decoration. Cylindrical, with two loop handles. From the base of the handles a ridge in high relief circumscribes the pot; this is intersected half way on each side by a hollow vertical band of rectangular section ending above in a spout-like projection and communicating with the bottom of the inside of the posset pot. Above the horizontal ridge is a row of figures of men, women and children in 17th century costume roughly moulded in high relief with details incised through the slip.

Place of Origin

Fremington (made)


1800-1850 (made)


Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Lead-glazed earthenware with incised slip decoration


Height: 8 1/8 in taken from Register, Diameter: 7 3/8 in taken from Register

Object history note

At time of acquisition, was believed to be 17th century; susbsequently 18th century.
Acquired by the donor in the Bristol district.

Historical context note

A similar posset pot with an inscription is in the British Museum which is dated 1682 but differs in many respects.
Note in register: Posset pot and cover brought in 10 October 1962 by The name of the maker almost certainly 'Fishley', possibly Edmund Fishley [illegible] of Fremington 1839-1861 or his son E.B. Fishley (d.1912). A nineteenth century date seems likely from the look of the script and from the fact that the date was worth removing. Either a survival or a revival of an earlier Devon style.

Descriptive line

Posset pot, lead-glazed earthenware with slip decoration. English, made in Fremington, Devon, 1800-1850

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

British Museum Quarterly, vol.III, no.1, 1928

Labels and date

Posset pot
Made in Fremington, Devon, 1800-50
Lead-glazed earthenware

C.53-1929 Given by Sir Leigh Ashton [23/05/2008]


Ceramics; Slipware; Earthenware


Ceramics Collection

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