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Basin: C.1396-1928

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Pottery: Pickleherring Pottery (Possibly)
Pottery: Montague Close Pottery (Possibly)
Pottery: Unknown (Possibly)




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in polychrome with fruit, an inscription, and border

Red earthenware, tin-glazed on the front and painted in blue, copper-green, yellow, and orange; the reverse covered with yellow lead-glaze over slip. Circular with deep curved sides, and a sloping rim, standing on a footring. In the middle there is a shield painted in blue with the initials and date S/R E/1634 and a blue border. Around it are large ochre-coloured fruits (apples or pomegranates) , a bunch of grapes and foliage. On the rim there is a repeating border of blue paired ovals with arrowheads between them between blue concentric circles


History note: Mr J. Corkill, New Chester Road, Rock Ferry, Cheshire from whom purchased for £18.10s.0d. on 16 August, 1918 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 36 cm
Diameter: 14 3/16 in
Height: 11.4 cm
Height: 4½ in

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Second quarter of 17th century
Charles I
Production date: dated AD 1634


The bowl was probably made in Southwark, but might have been made in the Netherlands, where decoration of pomegranates, grapes and leaves was popular on pottery and tiles

Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

red Earthenware

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: in shield-shaped outline

  • Text: S/R.E/1634
  • Location: In centre
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1396-1928
Primary reference Number: 71915
Old object number: 4855
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 22 November 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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