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Dish: Tulips in a vase: C.1426-1928

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Dish: Tulips in a vase


Probably Unidentified Southwark Pottery (Pottery)


Tin-glazed earthenware painted in polychrome

Reddish-buff earthenware, tin-glazed and painted in blue, green, and yellow, and a little orange. Circular with a wide sloping rim, and shallow sides, standing on a footring. (Archer's shape A) The centre is decorated with with tulips in a vase standing on a chequered ground, with 'W/WS to the left of the vase, and '16:61' to the right. On the rim there is a border of fruit, leaves, and diaper panels, and on the edge, a yellow band with orange 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: 48.5 cm
Height: 7.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ 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
Production date: dated AD 1661


The design reflects the popularity of vases of tulips and other flowers as room decoration in the 17th century. The border of pomegranates was auspicious because they were symbols of fertility, and in Christian art, of the immortality of the soul.

School or Style


Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

thick, lumpy and greenish on the back Tin-glazing

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: W/WS 16:61
  • Location: On front
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Initials and date

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1426-1928
Primary reference Number: 71983
Old object number: R.2409
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 10 February 2021 Last processed: Saturday 15 January 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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