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Dish emblematic of Fecundity: C.1410-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Dish emblematic of Fecundity


Pottery: Pickleherring Pottery (Probably)
Proprietor of pottery: Newnham, Richard




Press-moulded and tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue, green, yellow and brown

Buff earthenware, press-moulded, tin-glazed and painted in blue, green, yellow and brown. Oval moulded in relief in the middle with a reclining nude woman emblematic of Fecundity, and five nude infants, one of whom carries a dog over his shoulder. In the background there is tree with fruit, a smoking tower or chimney, the base of a fluted column, a balustrade and a hanging curtain behind the woman. The rim is moulded with four draped human masks and four baskets of fruit alternating with circular and oblong depressions painted respectively with sailing ships and artemisia leaves over circular motifs. These are enclosed by yellow borders with a rope-like design.


History note: Bought at Sotheby's in December 1898 for about £23.10s.0d. by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 6.5 cm
Length: 49.5 cm
Width: 40.8 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


Third quarter of 17th century
Charles II
Circa 1650 CE - 1665 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

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

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 brown high temperature (metallic oxide) colours; the glaze on the back has many pin-holes and some blue smudges

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1410-1928
Primary reference Number: 71942
Old object number: 1137
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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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