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Plate: C.1298-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Pottery: Pickleherring Pottery (Possibly)
Proprietor: Townsend, Thomas
Pottery: Rotherhithe Pottery (Possibly)
Proprietor: Barnebow, Thomas




Tin-glazed earthenware dish with serrated edge, and bosses on the rim, painted in blue with flowers and a rock in imitation of late Ming blue and white porcelain

Reddish-buff earthenware, the front, tin-glazed and painted in blue; the back covered with clear lead-glaze. Circular with a serrated edge, sloping rim with eighteen bosses pushed up from the back, and shallow curved well, standing on a footring. In the middle within two narrow concentric circles is a plant with three flowers, with an insect and a snail overhead in late Ming style. The upper edge of the well is encircled by three concentric circles, and there are two by the outer edge. The rim is decorated between the bosses with dots and groups of curved strokes representing foliage.


History note: Reputedly from Warwickshire; purchased from Mr Richards, London, for £6.10 in 1909 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 4.8 cm
Width: 27.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Southwark ⪼ Surrey ⪼ England
  • Rotherhithe ⪼ Surrey ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


17th Century, second quarter#
Charles I
Production date: dated AD 1636


Fragments of dishes with rim bosses have been found at Pickleherring and at Rotherhithe, but it is not certain that the latter was operating by 1636.

Probably made in Southwark at either the Pickleherring or Rotherhithe potteries. The design in the middle was derived from late Ming porcelain of the period of the Emperor Wan-li (1573-1619).

School or Style

Late Ming

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( cobalt-blue)
Front composed of tin-glaze ( tinged with pink)
Back composed of lead-glaze

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 1636
  • Location: On front at bottom of well decoration
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Date

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1298-1928
Primary reference Number: 71746
Old object number: 2951
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Friday 16 February 2024

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

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