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Dish: C.1810-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Production: Fontainebleau workshop (Possibly)
Production: Unidentified Paris pottery (Probably)




Earthenware press-moulded and decorated with clear, and translucent blue, green, yellow, and manganese-purple lead-glazes

Off-white earthenware, press-moulded with decoration in relief, painted with clear and translucent blue, green, yellow, and manangese-purple lead-glazes; the reverse, mottled in blue and manganese. Circular with deep curved sides and slightly everted edge, standing on a low circular foot. In the middle there is a circular medallion enclosing a seated female figure representing Faith, holding up a chalice in her right hand and supporting a book against her hip with her left hand. Her left foot rests on a serpent whose head points towards two books lying on the ground, and her right rests on a log. Behind the woman there is a landscape with tree trunks on either side, a swan on a lake, two smaller trees, and distant rocks and buildings. The sides are decorated with nineteen stylized daisy plants in relief on a manganese ground separated by radiating blue straps with trefoil ends and a central off-white ridge formed by small overlapping discs.


History note: Professor, James Dewar FRS (1842-1923), 1 Scroope Terrace, Cambridge; his sale at his Cambridge house, Puttick & Simpson, 26-27 May 1924, first day, part of lot 105; purchased by Stanley Wolstan for £8 on behalf of Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, Trinity College, Cambridge.

Legal notes

J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 23.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Fontainebleau ⪼ Île-de-France ⪼ France
  • Paris ⪼ Île-de-France ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

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


16th Century, Late-17th Century, Early#
Circa 1590 CE - 1630 CE


Moulded dishes of this type were associated with Bernard Palissy or his followers or imitators when this example was accessioned in 1928. They are now considered to have been made by a pottery probably in Paris in the early 17th century, or elsewhere. A comparable radiating floral border surrounds a relief of Henry IV and his family on an oval dish made after 1602, of which an example is in the Louvre (OA 1351)

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of lead-glaze ( blue, green, yellow, manganese-purple)

Materials used in production

off-white Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Off-white earthenware, press-moulded with decoration in relief, decorated with clear, and translucent blue, green, yellow, and manganese-purple lead-glazes;

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1810-1928
Primary reference Number: 72672
Old object number: 4416
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 20 June 2023 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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