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Dish: The Temptation: C.182-1932

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Dish: The Temptation


Probably unidentified London pottery (Pottery)


Tin-glazed earthenware painted in polychrome with the Temptation of Adam and Eve and a blue-dash border; the reverse has pale yellow lead-glaze

Buff earthenware, the front tin-glazed, and painted in blue, pale copper-green, yellow, orange and manganese-purple; the reverse, lead-glazed pale yellow. Circular with curved sides and everted rim, standing on a footring which is pierced by a single hole. Adam and Eve stand on either side of the Tree of Knowledge, around which a serpent is coiled. Eve faces front, Adam is shown in three-quarter view with a leaf growing out of the tree hiding his 'nakedness'. The Devil sits at the base of the tree trunk. On either side there is a small three-tier tree. The edge is encircled by a yellow band and blue dashes. Three very small spur marks are in the middle of the front.


History note: Unknown before donor, Mrs W.D. (Frances Louisa) Dickson, Bournemouth

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 43.8 cm
Height: 9.0 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1932-10) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs


Late 17th Century
Charles II
James II
Circa 1670 CE - 1690 CE

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( in blue, pale copper-green, yellow, orange and manganese-purple) Back composed of lead-glaze ( pale yellow) Front composed of tin-glaze

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.182-1932
Primary reference Number: 72709
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Saturday 15 January 2022

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

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