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Dish: The Temptation: C.1411-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Dish: The Temptation


Pottery: unidentified London pottery




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, and manganese-purple with Adam and Eve on either side of the Tree of Knowledge; blue dash border

Buff earthenware, the front tin-glazed and painted in blue, green, yellow, orange and manganese-purple; the reverse, is lead-glazed pale yellow, probably over a coating of slip. Circular with deep curved slides and slightly everted rim, standing on a footring, which is pierced by a hole. The front is painted with standing figures of Adam and Eve on either side of the Tree of Knowledge in which the devil in the form of a snake is entwined. On either side there is half of a stylized tree. The edge is encircled by two narrow blue bands, a yellow band and blue dashes.


History note: Unknown before Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 41.5 cm
Height: 8.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, Late
Charles II
Circa 1660 CE - 1680 CE


Probably made by a London pottery

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decorfation composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, green, yellow, orange and manganese-purple)
Back composed of lead-glaze ( pale yellow) slip ( pale-coloured)
Front composed of tin-glaze

Materials used in production


References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1411-1928
Primary reference Number: 71943
Old object number: R 993
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 April 2023 Last processed: Friday 16 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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