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Ballooning Plate: C.1686-1928

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Ballooning Plate


Production: Unidentified Lambeth Pottery (Probably)




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue, manganese-purple and olive-green with a ballooning scene

Buff earthenware painted mainly in blue with a little olive-green and manganese-purple. Circular with a narrow rim, and shallow well with flat centre. The middle is decorated with a circular medallion enclosing a scene of a balloon painted in olive-green and manganese in the sky over a garden with a house, a fence and trees, all painted in blue. On the rim there are festoons and floral sprays, and a feathered edge, all in blue.


History note: Unknown before Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 23.2 cm
Height: 3.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Lambeth ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 18th century
George III
Circa 1784 CE - 1786 CE


Probably made in Lambeth. The ballooning scene was probably inspired by Vincenzo Lunardi's first balloon ascent from Moorfields in London in 1784, or one of several he made from St George's Fields, Southwark in 1785, but the landscape has a slightly Chinoiserie appearance.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue, olive-green, manganese-purple)

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware
greenish-bluish-white Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Buff earthenware, moulded, tin-glazed greenish-bluish white, and painted in blue, olive-green and manganese-purple high-temperature (oxide) colours; on the reverse the glaze has pooled near the edge

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1686-1928
Primary reference Number: 72453
Old object number: 1550
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 10 April 2018 Last processed: Monday 26 September 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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