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Dessert dish: C.5-1997

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Current Location: In storage


Factory: Unidentified Yorkshire factory (Possibly)
Factory: Unidentified Staffordshire factory (Possibly)




Cream earthenware, six-sided oval dessert dish, painted underglaze in greyish-blue, green, brownish-yellow, and manganese with swags and bell flowers.

Pale cream earthenware, moulded, pierced, and painted in dark greyish-blue, green and brownish-yellow, and with a little manganese, under pale yellow lead glaze. The dish stands on an oval footring. The oval, six-sided rim, has an alternately cusped and scalloped rim edged by feathery scrolls from which swags and drops of bell flowers are suspended. In each of the spaces enclosed by the swags there is a pierced motif comprising a four-petalled stylised flower flanked by sprays of leaves. The raised edge and swags, and drops are picked out in three colours. In the centre there is a shaped depression edged in green and decorated with blue, green and yellow splodges and groups of four manganese dots.


History note: Messrs A.F. Allbrook, Essex, from whom purchased in November, 1987 by Sir Ivor Batchelor; Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor

Legal notes

Given by Sir Ivor and Lady Batchenlor

Measurements and weight

Height: 4.3 cm
Length: 29.5 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1997-01-22) by Batchelor, Ivor, Sir and Lady


Late 18th century
George III
Circa 1780 CE - 1790 CE


Label text from the exhibition ‘Feast and Fast: The Art of Food in Europe, 1500–1800’, on display at The Fitzwilliam Museum from 26 November 2019 until 31 August 2020: Six-sided oval dessert dish with cusped and scalloped rim, supporting a replica pineapple flummery made by Ivan Day using no. 76.

The dish or stand was attributed to Leeds on accession but this is doubtful

Components of the work

Decoration composed of oxide colours

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Pale cream earthenware, moulded, pierced, and painted in dark greyish-blue, green and brownish-yellow, and with a little manganese, under pale yellow lead glaze.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.5-1997
Primary reference Number: 75400
Old object number: 150
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 24 November 2020 Last processed: Monday 21 November 2022

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

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