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Probably Unidentified Bristol pottery (Pottery)


Tin-glazed earthenware decorated in polychrome with Chinese flowering plants and three fish.

Buff earthenware, moulded, tin-glazed bluish-white, and painted in olive-green, yellow, red, and manganese-purple. Circular with sloping rim, and shallow well. Decorated in the middle with a group of Chinese flowering plants in a lobed medallion; and on the rim, with three red fish with sprays of flowers between them. On the back, painted in blue, are the initials and date 'W . T ./1752'


History note: Arthur Edward Clarke Collection; sold in the Clarke sale at Sotheby's, 18 June 1919, Well known and extensive collection of English pottery with some fine old English Furniture, part of lot 99

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 21.9 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Bristol ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Mid 18th Century
George II
Production date: AD 1752 : dated


Fish decoration is unusual on English delftware

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Buff earthenware, moulded, tin-glazed bluish-white, and painted in green, yellow, red, and manganese-purple

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: the first dot is large and raised, the second has a circle round it, and is followed by an ? open comma or small 9

  • Text: W . T ./1752
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1682-1928
Primary reference Number: 72447
Old object number: 4062
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 16 July 2020 Last processed: Saturday 15 January 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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