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VV la liberté 1791: C.2328-1928

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VV la liberté 1791


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Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue, yellow, manganese-purple, and purplish-grey. The circular plate has a slightly wavy edge, a sloping rim, and a flat centre. It is decorated in the middle with a trophy comprising a bird-cage with an open door, a pastoral staff or crozier, a sword and a spade, accompanied by the inscription 'VV la liberté/1791. On the sloping rim there is a border of dotted festoons enclosing a stylized leaf bordered by a narrow line encircling the edge.

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter At Rim: 34 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Nevers ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 18th century
Louis XVI
Production date: circa AD/CE 1791


Faïenciers responded to the French Revolution by producing pottery - particularly dishes and plates - decorated with patriotic slogans and symbols, known today as faïiences patriotiques. Nevers, an important centre for the manufacture of faïence since the late sixteenth century, was a major producer. On this plate 'Vive la liberté (Long live Liberty) is accompanied by the emblem of the people: a crozier, a sword, and a spade, symbolising the three estates united in the defence of liberty, represented by the open birdcage. In September 1791 the King agreed to a new Constitution drafted by the National Assembly.

School or Style

faience populaire

Components of the work

Decoration: composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, yellow, manganese-purple, purplish-grey)

Materials used in production

Tin-glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2328-1928
Primary reference Number: 73367
Old object number: 1323
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 8 September 2021 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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