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Remember Lot's Wife: C.201-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Remember Lot's Wife


Potter: Malkin, Samuel




Earthenware, moulded with decoration outlined in relief, and decorated with cream and two shades of brown slip; in the centre, in a rectangular frame are the words 'Remember/Lots Wife/Luke 17 32/1726'


History note: Marc-Louis Solon Collection; sold Hanley, Charles Butters & Sons, 26-28 November 1912, Solon Sale, lot 77; bought for £39 by Mr George (?) Stoner for Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, Trinity College, Cambridge.

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 35.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Burslem ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, second quarter#
George I
George II
Circa 1726 CE - 1740 CE


The strange decoration of this dish is a reminder to the viewer to observe God's laws obediently. 'Remember Lot's Wife', word's spoken by Christ recorded in St Luke's Gospel, 17, verse 32 alluded to the story of Lot in the Old Testament book of Genesis, chapter 19. Lot was instructed by angels to take his family and leave Sodom before it was destroyed, and on no account to look back. On their journey Lot's wife disobeyed, and was transformed into a pillar of salt (verse 26).

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Components of the work

Front composed of lead-glaze
Decoration composed of slip

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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: separated by central figure

  • Text: S M
  • Location: On front at top near rim
  • Method of creation: Moulded in relief
  • Type: Initials

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.201-1928
Primary reference Number: 72995
Old object number: 3599
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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