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Plate: C.86-2015

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Pottery: Unidentified Liverpool pottery (Possibly)




Tin-glazed earthenware plate painted in blue with a rural scene

Buff earthenware, press-moulded, tin-glazed bluish-white, and painted in blue and red-brown. Circular with a wide almost flat rim, shallow curved sides and flat centre, standing on a footrim. The front is painted overall with a rural scene. On the left, is a tree growing out of a rock on which leans a man playing a horn, who is watched by a standing shepherd, both wearing broad-brimmed hats, jackets, breeches, stockings and shoes. Further to the right are two ill-defined animals , perhaps a goat or sheep and a cat or fox with a large insect flying above them. The rim is encircled by a red-brown band. There is one large and one small peg mark on the reverse of the rim


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)

Legal notes

Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor Bequest through The Art Fund

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 21.7 cm
Height: 2.3 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Liverpool ⪼ Lancashire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, second quarter#
George II
Circa 1750 CE - 1760 CE


Although the figures are European, the asymmetrical design was strongly influenced by Oriental porcelain, as was the red-brown rim, often a feature of Chinese dishes and plates. A similar plate attributed to Liverpool is in a private collection. Made in Liverpool, 1993, p. 60, no. 25.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

bluish-white Tin-glaze
buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Buff earthenware press-moulded, tin-glazing bluish-white, and painted mainly in blue with red-brown on the rim

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular white paper stick-on label

  • Text: 123
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.86-2015
Primary reference Number: 201983
Old object number: 123
Entry form number: 648
Old loan number: AAL.86-2006
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Created: Tuesday 30 June 2015 Updated: Monday 25 March 2019 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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