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Dish: The Temptation or Fall: C.1623-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Dish: The Temptation or Fall


Pottery: Limekiln Lane (Probably)
Pottery: Brislington Pottery
Potter: Bundy, Josiah (Possibly)
Potter: Gaynard, James (Possibly)




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue, dark green, yellow and red, and sponged in green, with Adam and Eve standing on either side of the Tree of Knowledge, surrounded by two blue bands and blue dash border

Buff earthenware, tin-glazed, painted and sponged in green, and painted in blue, yellow, and red. The reverse is slip-coated and tin-glazed. Circular with deep curved sides, standing on a footring. The front is decorated with Adam and Eve standing on either side of the Tree of Knowledge which has yellow fruits with red stripes and a yellow and red striped serpent twined in its branches.Adam and Eve hold large leaves. On the right and left there are three-tiered sponged trees. The rim encircled by two narrow blue bands and broad blue dashes.


History note: Acquired before 1902 in Clovelly, North Devon, by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 33.3 cm
Height: 7.3 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, second quarter#
George II
Circa 1735 CE - 1745 CE


Probably made at the Limekiln Lane pottery during the prprietorship of Josiah Bundy or James Gaynard, or perhaps at Brislington pottery

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware
white on front, pale grey on back Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Earthenware, tin-glazed white on the front and painted in blue, dark green, yellow, and red, and sponged in green; three stilt marks. The reverse is coated with a pale slip under tin-glaze, which has been wiped off the footring.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1623-1928
Primary reference Number: 72347
Old object number: 4
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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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