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The Pelican in her Piety: C.1315-1928

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Current Location: In storage


The Pelican in her Piety


Pottery: Brislington Pottery (Possibly)




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue

Buff earthenware, tin-glazed and painted in blue. Circular with a wide rim and deep well with curved sides, standing on a footrim. Decorated in the centre with a shield-shaped cartouche with a scrolled edge, in which is a pelican feeding two young from her breast.


History note: Puttick and Simpson, London, 6 June, 1919, lot 78; Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 31.7 cm
Diameter: 12½ in

Place(s) associated

  • Brislington ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, Late
Charles II
William III and Mary II
William III (1750-1702)
Circa 1675 CE - 1700 CE


The Pelican feeding her young from her own blood was a symbol of the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross to save humanity from sin

Components of the work

Decoration composed of cobalt

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Buff earthenware, moulded, covered with thick and uneven white tin-glaze, and painted in blue

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1315-1928
Primary reference Number: 71778
Old object number: 4042
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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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