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Dish: C.2628-1928

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: Unidentified Delft factory (Possibly)
Factory: Unidentified Haarlem factory (Possibly)




Tin-glazed earthenware plate painted in yellow and manganese-brown with foliage and winged cherub's heads

Buff earthenware, tin-glazed and painted in yellow and manganese-brown. Circular with a narrow rim, and curved sides, standing on a footring which has been pierced for suspension. In the middle there is a medallion framed by brown striations over a broad yellow circle enclosing a cherub's head with a cross below it surrounded by stylized foliage. Outside the border there is a wide zone of foliage with a winged cherub's head with a cross below it at 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock. Above the central frame and on the lower edge there is a mount with folded wings above it. The rim is encircled by a brown striations over a broad yellow band.


History note: Sir Thomas Thornhill (1837-1900), Riddlesworth Hall, Norfolk; Mr Johnson, Bury St Edmunds, from whom bought for 8s. 6d. on 31 October 1894 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 26 cm
Height: 3.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Delft ⪼ Holland ⪼ United Provinces of the Netherlands
  • Haarlem ⪼ United Provinces of the Netherlands

Acquisition and important dates

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


The decoration on this dish is a debased form of the grotesque decoration executed in Urbino and other Italian cities in the late 16th century, and 17th century.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( yellow and manganese-brown)

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Buff earthenware, moulded, tin-glazed, and painted in yellow and manganese-brown

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2628-1928
Primary reference Number: 73822
Old object number: 47
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 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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