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Dish: C.1810-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Production: Fontainebleau workshop (Possibly)




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.

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J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Place(s) associated

  • Fontainebleau ⪼ Îse-de-France ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 16th or early 17th century
Circa 1590 CE - 1620 CE

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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 15 December 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 11 January 2023

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

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