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Fragment of a dish: C.74-1928

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Pottery: Unidentified Harlow pottery




Earthenware, slip-trailed and lead-glazed

Red earthenware, thrown, the front slip-trailed in cream which appears yellow under the lead-glaze; reverse unglazed except for a diagonal streak. Rectangular fragment with par of a narrow rim with thickened edge on the underside, and part of tnhe slopng side. The rim has part of a slip-trailed border of two scalloped lines with the curves in opposite directions, forming ovals separated by a rhomboid. On the side is slip-trailed the word 'GOD; the last letter partly mising.


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

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Length: 8.6 cm
Width: 6 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#
Circa 1640 CE - 1660 CE


The pottery formerly known as Metropolitan Slipare has been known since about 1960 to have come from potteries in the area of Harlow new town, see Documentation.

Components of the work

Decortation composed of slip ( cream)
Front composed of lead-glaze

Materials used in production

red Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Red eathenware, thrown, the front slip-trailed in cream, and lead-glazed; the reverse unglazed

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: part of a larger inscription

  • Text: GOD, last letter partly missing
  • Location: On front
  • Method of creation: Slip-trailed
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: rectangular paper stick-on label with cut top corners and red line border

  • Text: Fragments of a dish of metro-/politan slip dated/1638 and/part of an inscription. - Dug up in London/From the James/Smith Collection/b. at Sotheby's/Dec 19.1901
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.74-1928
Primary reference Number: 138116
Old object number: 3670.5
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 30 June 2016 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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