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Sunflower Dish: C.202-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Sunflower Dish


Potter: Malkin, Samuel (Probably)




Earthenware moulded with the design outlined in relief, and decorated with cream and yellowish-brown and dark brown slips under lead glaze. In the middle in a panel are the initials S and M.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Place(s) associated

  • Burslem ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


George I
George II
Circa 1720 CE - 1740 CE


Samuel; Malkin’s identity is known from a dish in the British Museum which is decorated with a clock face and the words ‘Samuel Malkin/The maker/in burslam 17’, possibly 1712 as the clock’s hands point to twelve.The latest recorded dish bearing his initials is dated 1734, and he probably died in 1741.

Components of the work

Front composed of lead-glaze
Decoration composed of slip

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Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: in rectangular frame with a square between the letters

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

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.202-1928
Primary reference Number: 73019
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 9 February 2021 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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