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Pew Group: The Temptation or Fall: C.777-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Pew Group: The Temptation or Fall


Maker: Unknown




White salt-glazed stoneware, moulded and hand-modelled figure group of 'The Fall' with eyes in brown slip

White salt-glazed stoneware, hand-modelled with details in brown slip. Adam and Eve are standing in front of a high-backed settle on either side of a stylized tree with applied apples and leaves, and the serpent coiled round the lower part of the trunk. Eve holds an apple in her hand. Both are clothed in a short skirt of leaves. The eyes of both and blushes on the cheeks of Eve are rendered in spots of dark brown slip.


History note: Turner Collection, Loughborough; Cyril Andrade, Ryder Street, London, from whom purchased on 31 October 1913 for £380 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher in London, 1913

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 18.3 cm
Width: 17.3 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Mid#
George II
Circa 1740 - 1750


Judging by the blushing cheeks and well-developed breasts, the larger figure on the right is Eve.

This pew group is the only one known which does not show figures in contemporary costume.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Surface composed of salt-glaze

Materials used in production

white and brown Stoneware

Techniques used in production

Hand-modelling : Off-white salt-glazed stoneware, hand-modelled, with details in brown slip

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.777-1928
Primary reference Number: 76039
Old object number: 3673
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Sunday 21 November 2021 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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