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Dish: The Temptation or Fall: C.1621-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Dish: The Temptation or Fall


Pottery: Limekiln Lane
Proprietor of pottery: Bundy, Josiah (Possibly)
Proprietor of pottery: Gaynard, James (Possibly)
Pottery: Brislington Pottery




Tin-glazed earthenware decorated in polychrome with Adam and Eve beside the Tree of Knowledge

Buff earthenware tin-glazed bluish-white, painted and sponged in blue, and painted in dull green, yellow, red, and manganese-purple. Circular with deep curved sides and narrow slightly everted rim, standing on a footring. The front is decorated with Adam and Eve holding leaves, standing on either side of the Tree of Knowledge in which a red and yellow striped serpent is entwined. On the right and left there are three-tier sponged bushes. Round the rim there is a border of two blue bands and broad blue dashes


History note: Mr Stoner, King Street, St James's, London, from whom bought for £4.0s. 0d. on 19 June 1906

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 35.7 cm
Height: 7.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Bristol ⪼ England
  • Brislington ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, second quarter#
George II
Circa 1730 CE - 1740 CE


Probably made at Lime Kiln Lane pottery in Bristol or perhaps at the Brislington pottery

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, dull green, yellow, red, and manganese-purple)

Materials used in production

bluish-white Tin-glaze
buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Buff earthenware, tin-glazed bluish-white, painted and sponged in blue, and painted in dull green, yellow, red, and manganese-purple; the glaze has been wiped off the footring

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1621-1928
Primary reference Number: 72340
Old object number: 2478
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 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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