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Pickle tray: C.53-2015

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Pottery: Lambeth High Street Pottery
Proprietor of pottery: Griffith, William




Tin-glazed earthenware pickle or sweetmeat dish with six compartments, painted in blue with floral sprays

Buff earthenware, press-moulded, with applied feet, tin-glazed pale greyish-white, and painted in blue. The glaze on reverse has not adhered to the whole, leaving unglazed areas here and there, The dish is made in six segments with hollows between them on the underside, and stands on five shallow bun feet. The upper side has a central five-sided compartment surrounded by five compartments with three slightly curved internal sides and a two scallops on the outer edge (ten in all). Each compartment is decorated with a different stylized floral spray and the outer edge and raised edges between the compartments have borders of wavy sprays of leaves and stylized flowers.


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: 22.3 cm
Height: 3.4 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Lambeth ⪼ Surrey ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, third quarter
George II
Production date: circa AD 1750


This shape is uncommon in delftware. There are two examples in the Victoria & Albert Museum (C.5-1963 and Circ. 84-1963), one in Bristol Museum and Art Gallery (N 6581) and one with six compartments around the central one, in the Historic Deerfield Museum in the United States of America. (See Documentation). Several differently-shaped trays with three or four larger compartments are in the Bristol collection.

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Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Earthenware, press-moulded in six segements, with five applied feet, tin-glazed greyish-white and painted in blue

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular white paper stick-on label

  • Text: 34
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.53-2015
Primary reference Number: 201803
Old object number: 34
Entry form number: 648
Old loan number: AAL.53-2006
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Created: Tuesday 9 June 2015 Updated: Tuesday 20 June 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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

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