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Wall sconce: C.317-1991

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Production: Unidentified Nevers pottery (Probably)




Buff earthenware, moulded, tin-glazed on the front, and painted in blue and yellow with manganese-purple outlines. The glaze has run over the edges onto the reverse. Oval with a raised edge and two suspension holes at the top. At the bottom there is a calyx of acanthus foliage with a conical projection below. Rising from the leaves there is a three-quarter length figure of a man in early 17th century costume, holding out his right hand in which there is a deep tumbler to serve as a candle socket. The arm and hand were moulded separately and applied before glazing.


History note: Christie's London, 5 April 1934, Catalogue of the Collection of English Pottery and Porcelain and Miniatures formed by Mrs. M.L. Clarke Deceased late of Toronto, Canada, p. 7 lot 32; Henry Scipio Reitlinger (d. 1950: The Reitlinger Trust Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991

Legal notes

H.S. Reitlinger Bequest, 1950; transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991

Measurements and weight

Depth: 12.9 cm
Height: 41.9 cm
Width: 27.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Nevers ⪼ Nivernais ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1991-04-29) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


17th Century, first half#
Circa 1600 CE - 1650 CE


This wall sconce can be compared with different versions in the Musée de la Céramique et Beaux-Arts, Nevers (inv. nos. NF 39, NF 40, and NF 1710), and the Musée national de la Céramique, Sèvres (inv. MNC 6010 and MNC 1713A & B)

School or Style


Components of the work

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

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Earthenware, moulded, tin-glazed, and painted in blue, and yellow, with manganese-purple outlines

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular with cut corners and red border

  • Text: Gautier/Oct.2.1923
  • Location: On reverse
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in pencil
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: circular white paper label with serrated edge

  • Text: 281
  • Location: On back
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in pencil
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.317-1991
Primary reference Number: 74447
Packing number: EURCER 99
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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