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Dish decorated with grotesques: C.1408-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Dish decorated with grotesques


Pottery: Pickleherring Pottery (Probably)




Earthenware, press-moulded, tin-glazed, and painted in blue, pale green, yellow, brown, and manganese-purple. Circular with a wavy rim divided into sixteen alternately large and small lobes, and a deep well which is convex in the middle. Decorated in the middle with two putti holding a wreath over the head of a winged semi-human monster holding a shield-shaped cartouche inscribed B/EM/1649. The rest of the surface is decorated with grotesques.


History note: Francis Bennett-Goldney, Abbotts Barton, Canterbury ; Dr J.W.L. Glaisher

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 7.5 cm
Width: 39 cm

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39 cm7.5 cm What does this represent?

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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


Mid 17th century
Charles I
Production date: dated AD 1649 : dated


The dish was probably made at the Pickleherring pottery but potteries at Montague Close, and Rotherhithe were operating in Southwark at the date of manufacture.

The form was derived from a metalwork prototype. The decoration was inspired by Urbino-style grotesques on Italian or Netherlandish maiolica.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, pale green, yellow, brown, and manganese-purple)

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Buff earthenware, press-moulded, tin-glazed, and painted in blue, pale green, yellow, brown, and manganese-purple

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: B/E M/1649
  • Location: On the front in the middle
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1408-1928
Primary reference Number: 71940
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 11 August 2016 Last processed: Tuesday 14 February 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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