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Plate: the Balloon Ascent of Jean-Pierre Blanchard: C.1561-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Plate: the Balloon Ascent of Jean-Pierre Blanchard


Production: Unidentified Lambeth Pottery (Possibly)
Pottery: Mortlake Pottery (Possibly)
Pottery: Isleworth Pottery (Possibly)




Tin-glazed earthenware depicting the balloon ascent of Jean-Pierre Blanchard. Showing two men seated in a distinctive 'gondola' drifting over a landscape with hills, trees, houses and a lake painted in blue. The blue panels in the border have sgraffito decoration.
Greenish blue glaze, over a buff body.


History note: Mr Richards, Nottingham, from whom purchased for £2.10s.0d. on 5 November 1907 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRs, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 23.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Lambeth ⪼ England
  • Mortlake ⪼ England
  • Isleworth ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 18th century
George III
Circa 1784 CE - 1786 CE


The ascent may be that of Jean-Pierre Blanchard, in 1785. Some of his flights took place from Stockwell Road, South Lambeth.

This plate could have been made at Lambeth, Mortlake or Isleworth at the date of its production

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue from cobalt)

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware
greenish-bluish white Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Buff earthenware, press-moulded, tin-glazed greenish-bluish white, and painted in blue

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1561-1928
Primary reference Number: 72223
Old object number: 2671
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 16 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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