Cologne stoneware

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Cologne stoneware

This vessel was found with others in a pit in Goldsmith Street in 1971. It is typical of a type of salt-glazed stoneware imported from Cologne into Britain in the early 16th century. Contrasting with the rilled bodies and thumbed bases of the rival potteries at Raeren, the vessels made at Cologne have flat ring bases and smoothed body profiles, reflecting the use of templates to throw or finish the vessels to standardized forms. Some were left plain; others were decorated with oak branches with leaves and acorns, or roses with rosettes, or other motifs.

Acknowledgments: RAM Museum Exeter Archaeology