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Dish: La Fecondité: C.1434-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Dish: La Fecondité
Translated as: Fecundity


Pottery: Unidentified Southwark Pottery (Probably)




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue, yellow, dull orange and manganese-purple with a scene emblematic of Fecundity and a border of grotesques

Reddish-buff earthenware, tin-glazed and painted in blue, yellow, dull orange, and manganese-purple. Circular with a wide slightly sloping rim, shallow sides and flat centre, standing on a footring, pierced by two holes. The middle is decorated with a reclining woman suckling a child and two others playing pick-a-back, in a room with a tiled floor and lattice window. The rim is encircled by a wide border of grotesques and foliage. On the back, within the footring, are the initials and date ‘S/PA/1675'.


History note: Mr Stoner, 93/4 York Street, Westminster, from whom bought in December 1898 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 39.8 cm
Height: 6.3 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
Production date: dated AD 1675


The dish was made in London, probably at one of the Southwark potteries.

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Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

reddish-buff Earthenware
white Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Reddish-buff earthenware moulded, tin-glazed on both sides and painted in blue, yellow, orange, and manganese-purple

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: S/PA/1675
  • Location: On back within footring
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1434-1928
Primary reference Number: 71997
Old object number: 956
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 2 October 2019 Last processed: Friday 16 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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