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Dish: Foliage, Vegetables and Fruit: C.1394-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Dish: Foliage, Vegetables and Fruit


Pottery: Unidentified Netherlandish pottery
Pottery: Pickleherring Pottery (Possibly)
Pottery: Montague Close (Possibly)




Tin-glazed earthenware painted with a central medallion of foliage in shades of green, yellow, and brownish-orange, surrounded by a wide band of blue foliage. Blue dash border.

Reddish-buff earthenware, the front tin-glazed, and painted in blue, green, yellow, and brownish-orange; the reverse tin-glazed grey with blue speckles. Decorated with a central medallion containing foliage coloured yellow and brownish-orange, or yellow and green, enclosed by three narrow concentric blue circles, and surrounded by a broad border of foliage, flowers and berries in shades of blue. The rim is encircled by three narrow concentric blue bands and blue dashes. The reverse is inscribed in blue 'ANO DODN 1620' and 'O A or L crossed over E'


History note: Sir Ashton Lever (1727-88) ; his Museum, Leicester House, Leicester Square, London; 1783 passed with the rest of the Museum by means of a lottery held by Sir Ashton to Mr James Parkinson and exhibited at The Rotunda, London; sold 1806 by Messrs King and Lochee; 5 May and ensuing 65 days; bought by Mr Roe,a clergyman of Bristol for his brother-in-law, Mr R.H. Clarke, Bridwell House, Uffculme, Nr Tiverton, Devon; by descent to J.W. Clarke; sold at Christie's, 13 February 1913, lot 61; purchased by Mr Stoner for £31.10 on behalf of Dr Glaisher.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 43.2 cm
Height: 8.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Southwark ⪼ Netherlands

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, Early#
Production date: dated AD 1620


Probably Netherlandish, or made in London. At the date of production potteries were operating at Pickleherring and Montague Close, Southwark

The wide blue border is similar to the foliage on pharmacy jars made in Antwerp in the late 16th and early 17th centuries.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, green, yellow, and orange)
Back composed of tin-glaze ( thick, greyish)
Front composed of tin-glaze ( white)

Materials used in production

reddish-buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Reddish-buff earthenware, the front tin-glazed, and painted in blue, green, yellow, and orange; the reverse covered with thick greyish-tin-glaze; footring pierced by two holes before glazing which has filled them

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: ANO DODN 1620
  • Location: On back
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: the identification of the second letter is unclear

  • Text: O A or L crssed over E
  • Location: On back
  • Method of creation: Painted twice in blue
  • Type: Initials

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1394-1928
Primary reference Number: 71913
Old object number: 3663
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 10 February 2021 Last processed: Friday 16 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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