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Four joined fragments of a dish: C.73-1928

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Four joined fragments of a dish


Pottery: Unidentified Harlow pottery




Earthenware, slip-trailed and lead-glazed

Red earthenware, thrown, the front slip-trailed in dark cream, appearing yellow under the lead-glaze; the reverse is unglazed. Origianlly circular with a narrow rim, thickened on the underside, and sloping sides. On the rim there is a border of two scalloped lines with the curves in opposite directions. On tjhe sides are the letters 'RE GO' and part of a 'D' (FEAR GOD) , with below, two trident motifs.


History note: Found in London; James Smith of Whitechapel; his sale, Sotheby's, 19th December 1901, part of lot 44, puichased by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Width: 15.3 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Harlow ⪼ Essex ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J.W.L.


17th Century, Mid#
Charles I
Circa 1640 CE - 1660 CE


The pottery formerly described as Metropolitan Slipware has been known to have been made in the area of Harlow New Town since about 1960. Religious slogans, such as 'Fear God' were a characteristic feature of the pottery.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of slip ( dark cream)
Front composed of lead-glaze
Rim Length 20.8 cm

Materials used in production

red Earthenware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 'RE GO and part of a D
  • Location: On front
  • Method of creation: Slip-trailed
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.73-1928
Primary reference Number: 138115
Old object number: 3670.2
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 30 June 2016 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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