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Dish: The Temptation: C.1627-1928

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Dish: The Temptation


Probably Brislington Pottery (Pottery)


Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue, green, yellow, and manganese-purple with Adam and Eve on either side of the Tree of Knowledge; blue dash border

Buff earthenware, the front tin-glazed and painted in blue, green, yellow, and manganese-purple; the back lead-glazed brownish-yellow over pale slip. Circular with deep curved sides and narrow, slightly everted rim, standing on a wide footring. The front is painted with Adam and Eve standing on either side of the Tree of Knowledge in which the devil in the from of a snake is entwined. The fruits and foliage of the tree are treated as if they formed petalled flowerheads. On each side of the figures there is a blue stylized bush formed by vertical strokes. The edge is encircled by two faint blue bands and slanting blue dashes.


History note: T. Wakefield, Birmingham; his collection sold at Sotheby’s 27 November, 1925, lot 27;bought for £17 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 34.7 cm
Height: 7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Brislington ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 18th century
Charles II
James II
William III and Mary II
William III (1750-1702)
Circa 1680 CE - 1700 CE


Probably made at the Brislington pottery

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Back composed of lead-glaze Decoration composed of high-temperature colours Front composed of tin-glaze

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1627-1928
Primary reference Number: 72351
Old object number: 4731
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Saturday 15 January 2022

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

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