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Dish: C.4-1947

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Current Location: In storage


Pottery: Unidentified Beauvais Pottery (Possibly)
Pottery: Unidentified Saintonges Pottery (Possibly)




White earthenware, moulded in relief internally with the adjacent arms of Henry IV (1553-161) as King of France and Navarre, surrounded by other motifs, and lead-glazed green; reverse unglazed.

White earthenware, moulded with relief decoration on the inside and covered with green lead-glaze which extends unevenly for a little way over the edge on the back; the rest is unglazed and appears dark brownish-grey. Circular with a narrow rim, and deep well with a slight boss in the centre, standing on a footring. At a later date this has been pierced by a hole at the top and another at bottom when the design is the right way up. The boss is decorated with the adjacent arms of France and Navarre below crowns. The arms are flanked by leaves broken by an 'H' at the bottom for Henry IV (1553-1610) . This is surrounded by a sunburst, and the double chain of the Order of the Saint Esprit with the French royal crown at the top. On either side are two angels with a rose spray above and below each of them. On the border there are four winged cherubs heads alternating with four lion's masks separated by stylized flowers. The reverse is undecorated.


History note: Unknown before Mrs H.G. Dashwood

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Mrs H.G. Dashwood

Measurements and weight

Height: 4 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Beauvais ⪼ France
  • Saintonges ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1947-01-28) by Dashwood, Helen Gladys, Mrs


17th Century, Early#
Circa 1600 CE - 1650 CE


Attributed to either Beauvais or the region of Saintonges. This Protestant area benefited from the Edict of Nantes in 1598 which permitted Huguenots to follow their religion,. The date of the dish is uncertain, it was probably made in the 17th century.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Front composed of lead-glaze ( green)
Rim Diameter 17 cm

Materials used in production

white Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : White earthenware, press-moulded, and lead-glazed green on the front

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: the last three words are in italics

  • Text: 36 A small deep circular dish of 'Terre . . . green. In centre of dish are the Arms of France and Navarre on two crowned shields, these are surrounded by collars and badges, a crown over all and H for Henry IV under the arms. On dip of dish are twoangels and flowers. On border, cherubs and lions' heads and flowers, all in relief
  • Location: On back of sides
  • Method of creation: Printed on paper which has been cut into strips and stuck on
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: rectangular label with a blue border on three sides

  • Text: m. o. (crossed by a paraph) /T./E/-
  • Location: On back inside footring
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: rectangular with cut corners and broad blue line border

  • Text: 2 or 23
  • Location: On back inside footring, and partly under the second lavel
  • Method of creation: Printed with a blue line border, and inscribed in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.4-1947
Primary reference Number: 75007
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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