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Plate: C.1591-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Pottery: Unidentified Bristol pottery




Tin-glazed earthenware with a powdered manganese ground and reserved figures of Neptune, Cupid and fish painted in blue

Buff earthenware, tin-glazed and decorated with powdered manganese-purple, and painting in blue, and a little brown. Circular with a sloping rim, curved sides, and flat centre, standing on a footring. The front is covered by a manganese-purple ground, except for nine reserved motifs painted in blue. Neptune stands in the middle holding a trident in his right hand and the tail of a dolphin in his left. Above him there is a horizontal fish and a winged Cupid holding a bow and arrow. Below him there are two horizontal fish and to the right and left, two vertical fish. The outer fish in each case being larger than the other. The edge is encircled by a reddish-brown line. The back has alternating blue II and O motifs.


History note: Davis and Davis, 29 High Street, Weston-Super-Mare, from whom bought for £2 10s.on 28 September 1910 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 25.3 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Bristol ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Mid
George II
Circa 1740 CE - 1750 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue from cobalt) manganese oxide ( for powdering)

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Buff earthenware, tin-glazed and decorated with powdered manganese-purple, and painting in blue, and a little brown; the glaze has some pooling on the back

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1591-1928
Primary reference Number: 72272
Old object number: 3274
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 23 October 2020 Last processed: Friday 16 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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