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Dish: C.55-2015

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Pottery: Unidentified Bristol pottery




Tin-glazed earthenware dish painted in polychrome with a flowering tree and stylized plants

Buff earthenware, tin-glazed greyish-white, and painted in blue, green, and red. Circular with a sloping rim, curved sides and flat centre, standing on a footring. (Archer's Shape E) In the well there is an Oriental style flowering tree, and other plants with an insect flying on the left, enclosed by two narrow concentric circles. The rim has a border of floral sprays alternating with groups of leaves on vertical stems with two narrow blue lines below and one close to the edge. On the reverse of the well there are blue crosses alternating with pairs of short strokes. The glaze on the reverse has many pinholes and two peg marks on the rim, a third is only just visible.


History note: C.H. Spiers; Louis Gautier (c. 1867-1943). Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor, St Andrew’s, Fife; Sir Ivor died on 24 April 2005; on loan since 2006 (Syndicate of 30 January)

Legal notes

Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor Bequest through The Art Fund

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 33.9 cm
Height: 4.4 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Bristol ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Mid 18th Century
George II
Circa 1725 CE - 1735 CE

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue, green and red)

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware
greyish-white Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Buff earthenware, moulded, tin-glazed greyish-white, and painted in blue, green, and red which appears slightly upstanding from the surface; the glaze on the reverse has many pin holes and two peg marks on the rim; another is faintly visible

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular white paper stick-on label

  • Text: GAUTIER/COLLECTION [printed in red] 7856/M/P/-[hand-written in blue-black ink]
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Printed in red and hand-written in blue-black ink
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: rectangular white paper stick-on label with cut corners, now discoloured brownish

  • Text: C.H. SPIERS/BRISTOL c. 1750/Niglett/P45,27/1/44 No [raised] 157
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in blue ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.55-2015
Primary reference Number: 201805
Old object number: 45
Entry form number: 648
Old loan number: AAL.55-2015
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 9 June 2015 Updated: Tuesday 15 May 2018 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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