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Dish: Figures emblematic of Fecundity: C.1398-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Dish: Figures emblematic of Fecundity


Pottery: Pickleherring Pottery (Probably)




Oval dish centre of tin-glazed and painted earthenware decorated in relief with a nude woman and five children emblematic of fecundity

Reddish-buff earthenware, press-moulded, tin-glazed, and painted in blue, green, yellow, and orange, with a scene emblematic of fecundity. A reclining nude woman with five putti, one holding a dog over his shoulder surrounded by a border. The back painted in blue withthe initials and date 'I/EA/1638'. The border and rim have been removed.


History note: Mr George Stoner, London, from whom purchased on 28 September 1917 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge, with another (no longer in the collection) for £85.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 4.5 cm
Length: 37.8 cm
Width: 28.8 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Southwark ⪼ Surrey ⪼ 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 1638 : dated


Pickleherring, Montague Close, and Rotherhithe potteries were operating in Southwark at the date of manufacture. Of these Pickleherring pottery seems most likely.

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Front composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, green, yellow, orange)
Back composed of high-temperature colour ( blue)

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware
off-white Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Reddish-buff earthenware, press-moulded, tin-glazed, and painted in blue, green, yellow, and orange.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: I/E A/1638
  • Location: On back
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1398-1928
Primary reference Number: 71917
Old object number: 4606
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 April 2023 Last processed: Monday 24 April 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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