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Dish drainer: C.10-1991

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Production: Unidentified Bristol pottery (Perhaps)
Unidentifed London pottery




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue. Circular domed form pierced by a large central hole surrounded by ninety-six smaller holes in five concentric circles. The central hole is encircled by pointed petals, and is surrounded by four flower heads, four fish, four more flower heads and four simple floral sprays. The underside is undecorated and has three peg marks on underside of rim.


History note: Christie's London , 1 March, 1983, The Lipski Collection of English and Irish Delftware, Part III, lot 409

Legal notes

Given from the Robert and Elizabeth Hirsch Collection

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 26.5 cm
Height: 2.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Bristol ⪼ England
  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1991-01-21) by Robert and Elizabeth Hirsch Collection


18th Century, Mid#
George II
Circa 1750 CE - 1775 CE


Probably made in either London or Bristol. It would originally have stood on a larger deep circular dish to catch the liquid draining off the food, probably fish

Components of the work

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

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Buff earthenware, pierced, tin-glazed, and painted in blue; three peg marks on undeside of rim

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: white circular label

  • Text: 'ROBERT & ELIZABETH HIRSCH COLLECTION' enclosing 'R/No18' and 'E/No 17', and written 'ED 815'
  • Location: On back
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: red circular label

  • Text: 'ROBERT HIRSCH COLLECTION' 'No.' and written 'Ed 815'
  • Location: On back
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.10-1991
Primary reference Number: 71173
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 16 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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