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Dish: The Temptation: C.1624-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Dish: The Temptation


Pottery: unidentified London pottery (Probably)
Pottery: unidentified Dutch pottery (Perhaps)




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue, turquoise-green, and manganese with Adam and Eve standing on either side of the Tree of Knowledge; two manganese-purple bands round the edge

Buff earthenware, the front tin-glazed and painted in blue, turquoise-green, and manganese-purple; the reverse also tin-glazed but with large areas of brown due to over-firing. The front is painted with naively-drawn figures of Adam and Eve standing on either side of the Tree of Knowledge in which the devil in the form of a green snake is entwined. On either side there is a green sponged bush and in the foreground horizontal areas of manganese-purple and green. The scene is enclosed by two manganese-purple bands.


History note: Mr Stewart Acton, 12 Prince Albert Street, Brighton from whom purchased for £2.10s. on 3 December 1911 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 34.3 cm
Height: 5.6 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, Late
William III and Mary II
William III (1750-1702)
Circa 1690 CE - 1700 CE


Probably made by a London pottery but possibly Dutch

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, turquoise-green, and manganese-purple)
Front composed of tin-glaze ( discoloured brown on the back)

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1624-1928
Primary reference Number: 72348
Old object number: 3438
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Audit data

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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