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Plate: C.1600-1928

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Pottery: Redcliff Back Pottery (Probably)
Proprietor: Frank, Richard




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue and bianco-sopra-bianco

Buff earthenware, tin-glazed bluish-white and painted in blue and bianco-sopra-bianco. Circular with a wide slightly sloping rim, and shallow well, with recessed base. The middle is decorated with three Chinese figures: a man (?) holding a parasol. standing beside a fence and plants, a boy seated on a fence, and a woman standing behind a table on which there is a bowl. The group is enclosed by a circular border of two different patterns of zig-zags and wavy lines. The rim is decorated in bianco-sopra-bianco with stylized flowers, leaves, and pinecones, and round the edge there is a narrow geometric border. On the underside there are the script initials 'JEL' (?) over the underlined date '1765'.


History note: Said by the vendor to have belonged to the Lindsay family; Mr Miller, dealer in Wincanton, Somerset, from whom purchased on 30 April 1921 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 22.3 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, third quarter#
George III
Production date: dated AD 1765


Despite the label on the back. and the plate having been bought at Wincanton, there is no excavated evidence to indicate that it was made there, and the date, 1765, is after the pottery closed, probably around 1750. The bianco-sopra-bianco design indicates that it is most likely to have been made in Bristol. This was Dr J.W.L. Glaisher's view when he acquired it.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of tin-glaze ( bianco-sopra-bianco) high-temperature colour ( blue from cobalt)

Materials used in production

bluish-white Tin-glaze
buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Buff earthenware, moulded, tin-glazed bluish-white, and painted in blue and bianco-sopra-bianco

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: script letters, and the date underlined

  • Text: JEL/1765
  • Location: On underside of base
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: circa in italics

  • Text: 'JEL. J.E.L. Lindsay was one of the brothers to whom Ireson let the pottery, circa 1750'
  • Location: On back
  • Method of creation: Hand-written
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1600-1928
Primary reference Number: 72289
Old object number: 4070
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 1 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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