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Dish: The Temptation or Fall: C.1617-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Dish: The Temptation or Fall


Pottery: Norfolk House (Possibly)
Pottery: unidentified London pottery




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue, green, and yellow

Buff earthenware, tin-glazed and painted in blue, sage-green, yellow, and a little red, and sponged in blue. The reverse is lead-glazed over a pale slip. The dish is circular with deep curved sides and everted rim, and stands on a footring. The front is decorated with Adam and Eve standing on either side of the Tree of Knowledge around which the Serpent is entwined. On each side there are low sponged bushes and in the foreground, small blue plants on a green ground.


History note: William Austin and Co, 110, Oxford Street, London (a furniture shop), from whom purchased on 9 January, 1904 for £4.4.0. by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 34.5 cm
Diameter: 13½ in
Height: 8.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ Surrey ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Early#
George I
George II
Circa 1705 CE - 1730 CE


Probably made in a London pottery possibly at Norfolk House, Lambeth

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, sage-green, yellow, and red)
Back composed of lead-glaze ( clear, shiny) slip ( pale cream)
Front composed of tin-glaze

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1617-1928
Primary reference Number: 72314
Old object number: 2565
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 16 February 2024

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

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