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Trompe l'oeil plate of plums: C.2320-1928

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


trompe l'oeil plate of plums


Production: Unidentified Nevers factory




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue, yellow, and green

Buff earthenware, moulded in parts, assembled, tin-glazed, and painted in blue, yellow and green. The glaze has crawled a little on the underside, and on the plums. Several of the plums have a ventilation hole. The plate has a six-sided shaped rim, shallow curved sides, and a footring pierced by two suspension holes. It is filled with twenty-two or twenty-three plums. The plate has a blue border comprising a line with pairs of scrolls with two dots below at intervals alternating with a shallow triangular motif formed of downard strokes of different lengths. The plums are painted naturalistically in yellow with green details.


History note: Fenton, Cranbourne Street, London, from whom purchased about 1891 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 10.3 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Nevers ⪼ Nivernais ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, second half#
1750 - 1800

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue, green, yellow)
Dish Diameter 20.5 cm

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Techniques used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2320-1928
Primary reference Number: 73357
Old object number: 1245
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 1 September 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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