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Sauce boat: C.1420-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Pottery: Unidentified Southwark Pottery (Probably)




Tin-glazed and painted earthenware dish in the shape of a nymph or Pomona reclining in a bath

Buff earthenware press-moulded, tin-glazed, and painted in blue, yellow, orange, and manganese-purple. The oval bowl is moulded in the shape of a bath, and has a high foot ring pierced by four holes. The interior is moulded in relief with a reclining naked woman wearing a yellow drape, and holding a cornucopia full of fruit in her right arm, and an inverted ewer in her left from which water flows to create a pool around her invisible feet.


History note: An unidentified owner in Norwich; Mr Stoner, London, from whom purchased by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher for £7 on 4 November 1908 .

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 8.9 cm
Length: 19.5 cm
Width: 12.2 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


Mid 17th century
Charles I
Circa 1640 CE - 1650 CE


The Pickleherring, Montague Close, and Rotherhithe potteries were operating in Southwark at the estimated date of production

The form was based on a French lead-glazed earthenware dish attributed to Bernard Palissy (c. 1510-c. 1589/90) or his followers. French tin-glazed examples were made in Nevers, in the first half of the 17th century.

Tin-glazed and painted earthenware. Press-moulded in the form of a woman reclining in a bath, traditionally identified as Pomona, a nymph who loved gardening and the cultivation of fruit . A copy of a French lead-glazed dish probably modelled by Guillaume Dupré (c. 1574-1642) and made in Claude Berthélemy’s pottery at Avon near Fontainebleau about 1600-10.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, yellow, brownish-orange, and manganese-purple.)

Materials used in production

bluish-white Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

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

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1420-1928
Primary reference Number: 71975
Old object number: 2871
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 10 February 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 11 January 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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