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Posset Pot

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Posset Pot

Artwork Details


Unidentified Artist , Bristol, England




Tin-glazed earthenware

Accession #

1991.70 a-b


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Posset pots were intended as drinking vessels and typically made in pewter, silver, glass, or tin-glazed earthenware. Popularized in the Elizabethan era, posset is a drink of hot milk mixed with ale, wine, or other liquors and often accompanied by sugar, spices, or other ingredients. The most familiar posset pots, dating to the last quarter of the seventeenth century, were typically double-handled pear shapes with slightly domed lids topped with mushroom-shaped finials.


Gift from the Exposition Company for the Frances and Emory Cocke Collection to mark the retirement of Gudmund Vigtel