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Dish emblematic of Fecundity: C.1409-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Dish emblematic of Fecundity


Pottery: Unidentified Southwark Pottery


  • Dish
  • oval dish
  • La Fécondité dish



Tin-glazed and painted earthenware decorated with a reclining nude woman and five children emblematic of fecundity

Buff earthenware, press-moulded, tin-glazed, and painted in blue, green, yellow, and orange. Oval, with wide rim, and curved well. The rim is moulded in relief with alternately oval and circular depressions, separated by human masks, and vases of fruit and foliage, and the well with a reclining nude woman and five nude children, one of whom holds a dog. Behind the woman there is a green curtain and further to the left part of a building


History note: Probably bought at Christie's by Mr Stoner, London, from whom purchased for £25 in July 1907 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 6.5 cm
Length: 50.5 cm
Width: 40.2 cm

Relative size of this object

50.5 cm6.5 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
Circa 1635 CE - 1640 CE


After a French lead-glazed earthenware dish, of a type traditionally attributed to Bernard Palissy (d. 1590), but probably made by his successors Jean Chipault (d. 1599) or Claude Berthémy at Avon near Fontainebleau.

The Pickleherring, and Montague Close potteries were operating when the earliest dated dish of this design was made, and by about 1636 the Rotherhithe pottery was also operating.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, green, yellow, and orange)

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware
white Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Buff earthenware, press-moulded, tin-glazed, and painted in blue, green, yellow, and orange high temperature colours; the glaze is uneven and lumpy on the reverse

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1409-1928
Primary reference Number: 71941
Old object number: 2700
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Monday 24 April 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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