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Dish: The Temptation or Fall: C.1619-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Dish: The Temptation or Fall


Pottery: Norfolk House (Possibly)




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue, green, yellow, and red with Adam and Eve standing on either side of the Tree of Knowledge

Buff earthenware, the front tin-glazed and painted in blue, greyish-green, yellow, and red. The reverse has brownish-white tin-glazed. Circular with curved sides with a groove on the upper part of the well on the underside, and a slightly everted rim, standing on a footring. Decorated on the front with Adam and Eve standing on either side of the Tree of Knowledge which has red fruits, and a serpent entwined in its branches. To the right and left there are sponged blue trees, and on the green foreground, blue plants. Round the rim there is a blue band, a wider yellow band, and blue dashes.


History note: Bought in Saffron Walden in 1898 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 29.8 cm
Height: 6.3 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
Circa 1705 CE - Circa 1730 CE


Probably made by one of the London potteries, possibly Norfolk House at Lambeth

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, green, yellow, and red)
Dec Oration

Materials used in production

brownish-white on reverse Tin-glaze
buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1619-1928
Primary reference Number: 72319
Old object number: 988
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 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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