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Bowl with scalloped edge: C.47-2015

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Current Location: In storage


Bowl with scalloped edge


Pottery: Redcliff Back (Probably)
Proprietor: Frank, Richard




Tin-glazed earthenware bowl with scalloped edge, painted in blue with a river scene

Buff earthenware, moulded, trimmed, tin-glazed greyish-white, and painted in blue. The bowl has a shaped rim with alternately single and smaller double scallops around it, a narrow slightly sloping rim, deep curved sides, and a stands on a footrim formed by recessing the base. The well is painted with a river scene with two men in a narrow boat in the foreground and one man in a smaller boat on the left. Behind them is a group of houses, trees, bushes and two distant volcanoes. Overhead there are a few clouds, four birds on the left and one or two on the right. On the reverse there are two small peg marks on the edge of the rim, and a small flaw in the glaze on the back of the well, probably where the other peg was situated.


History note: Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor, St Andrew’s, Fife; Sir Ivor died on 24 April 2005; on loan since 2006 (Syndicate of 30 January); Lady Batchelor died 2014

Legal notes

Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor Bequest through The Art Fund

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 17.7 cm
Height: 3.3 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Bristol ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (2015-04-27) by Batchelor, Ivor, Sir and Lady


3rd quarter 18th Century
George II
George III
Circa 1760 CE - 1765 CE


The design in the centre is similar to a number of plates with bianco-sopra-bianco borders attributed to the Redcliff Back pottery during the proprietorship of Richard Frank. These, being a little larger, have more space in the middle, and have a fisherman on what appears to be an island, between the boat and the group of buildings and tree in the background. Two of these are dated 1761. This small bowl shape with a scalloped edge is less common than plates.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue from cobalt)

Materials used in production

greyish-white Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Buff earthenware, moulded, trimmed, tin-glazed greyish-white and painted in blue; the glaze has a few pinholes on the rim; on the reverse there are two peg marks near the edge, and faint signs of another on the back of the well

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular white stick-on label

  • Text: 11B
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.47-2015
Primary reference Number: 201797
Old object number: 11B
Entry form number: 648
Old loan number: AAL.47-2006
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Created: Tuesday 9 June 2015 Updated: Tuesday 2 February 2021 Last processed: Thursday 20 January 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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