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Paving tile: C.2840F-1928

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Pottery: Aldgate Pottery (Possibly)
Pottery: Pickleherring Pottery




Buff earthenware, tin-glazed on the upper surface and painted in blue, green, yellow and manganese. Within a medallion framed by blue and manganese concentric circles, a long-tailed bird struts to the left, painted in blue, green, yellow; in the corners, a blue simplified fleurs-de-lys.


History note: From a building in Saffron Walden, where purchased by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England
  • Southwark ⪼ Surrey ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


16th Century, Late
17th Century, Early#
Elizabeth I
James I
Circa 1571 CE - Circa 1620 CE


Formerly attributed to the Netherlands, where similar medallion tiles were made, but probably English, made either at Aldgate between c. 1571-1615 or at Pickleherring pottery in Southwark ac. 1620.

These tiles came from an unidentified location in Saffron Walden, Essex. Tiles with comparable designs were made in the Netherlands, but many examples executed in London have the same manganese-purple band framing the medallion and similar corners, which suggests that they were made in England.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, green, yellow, and manganese-purple)
Front composed of tin-glaze

Materials used in production


References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2840F-1928
Primary reference Number: 74115
Old object number: 597
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 10 February 2021 Last processed: Friday 16 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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