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Dish: C.1657-1928

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: Brislington Pottery (Possibly)
Factory: Unidentified Bristol pottery (Possibly)




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue, green, two shades of yellow and red with a swimming mermaid blowing a horn between rocks and trees, surrounded by a blue strokes and red rounded Ms

Buff earthenware, the front tin-glazed and painted in blue, green, two shades of yellow and red; the reverse covered with lumpy white tin-glaze. Circular with deep curved sides, and slightly everted rim, standing on a broad footring. Painted in the middle with a swimming mermaid blowing a horn between trees on rocks, and more rocks in the foreground. The edge is encircled by groups of three blue dashes alternating with red Ms


History note: A dealer in St Ives, Huntingdonshire from whom purchased by Mr Roe of Cambridge who sold it on 25 July 1906 to Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 33.4 cm
Height: 7.4 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Brislington ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England
  • 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 1725 CE - 1740 CE


The dish was probably made in either Brislington or Bristol. Both the mermaid subject and the border pattern are unusual on delftware 'chargers'.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

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

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulded : Buff earthenware, the front tin-glazed and painted in blue, green, two shades of yellow and red high-temperature (metallic oxide) colours; the reverse covered with lumpy white tin-glaze

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1657-1928
Primary reference Number: 72399
Old object number: 2544
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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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