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Dish: C.38-1934

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Probably Brislington Pottery (Pottery)


Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue; the Death of Absalom, with other figures, detached sprigs, animals, and buildings; inscribed on the back 'EW/widdor January/ye 20 Day A yard/1703

Reddish-buff earthenware with very pale turquoise glaze, painted in blue. Circular with a wide rim, shallow curved sides and flat centre, standing on a footring. Decorated in the middle with the 'Death of Absalom' and over the rest of the flat area with scattered motifs of a tall building, houses, figures of men and animals, floral sprigs and trees. The rim is decorated with similar motifs, the animals and figures orientated with their feet near the outer edge. The back is inscribed within the footing 'E:W/Widdor January/te 20 Day A yard/1703'. The back of the well is decorated with groups of four small circles alternating with larger circles, and the rim with striped ovals alternating with crossed batons with leaves in the spaces.


History note: Cecil Baring, 3rd Lord Revelstoke; sold Puttick & Simpson, 20-23 November 1934, Catalogue of an Important Collection of Old English Pottery, the property of the Rt Hon. Lord Revelstoke, second day, 22 November, p. 46, lot 554.

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Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 56.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Bristol ⪼ England
  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1934-11-20)


Early 18th Century
Queen Anne
Production date: dated AD 1703


This style of the decoration of this huge dish was influenced by seventeenth-century Ligurian maiolica which was imported into England. The central motif was taken from the Old Testament, when Absalom, while fleeing on horseback caught his long hair in a tree, and was subsequently captured and killed.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue from cobalt)

Materials used in production

pale turquoise Tin-glaze reddish-buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Reddish-buff earthenware with pale turquoise glaze, painted in cobalt-blue

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: EW/Widdor January/ye 20 Day A yard / 1703
  • Location: On back inside footring
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.38-1934
Primary reference Number: 74735
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Saturday 15 January 2022

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

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