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Model shoe: C.1442-1928

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Probably unidentified London pottery (Pottery)
Possibly Brislington Pottery (Pottery)


Buff earthenware, tin-glazed and painted in blue and yellow on the visible surfaces; the underside of the heel and sole are unglazed. Formed as a high-heeled shoe with a bow on the front (partly mising). The heel is painted blue overall, and down the back and front seams there are stripes of blue and yellow flanked by lacy patterns. On each side of the heel there is a rosette, and on the toe the initials 'IM' on on side and the date '1686' on the other.


History note: Mr S. Fenton, Cranbourn Street, London, from whom purchased on 19 July 1909 for £4 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Length: 15 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England
  • Brislington ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 17th Century
James II
Production date: dated AD 1686

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue and yellow) Visible Surfaces composed of tin-glaze

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Buff earthenware moulded in the form of a shoe, tin-glazed, and painted in blue and yellow high temperature (metallic oxide) colours

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: the initials on one side of toe and the date on the other

  • Text: IM 1686

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1442-1928
Primary reference Number: 72011
Old object number: 3059
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Saturday 15 January 2022

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

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