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Plate of Mussels: C.2293-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Plate of Mussels


Production: Unidentified Rouen pottery




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue, brown, green, and black

Buff earthenware, moulded, hand-modelled, tin-glazed, and painted in blue, yellowish-green, brown, and black. The object comprises a deep dish with curved sides and a wavy edge, with a bowl upside down on top of it, over and around which the separately made trompe l'oeil mussels are arranged. The dish has a blue and black border of alternating panels of cloud scroll and scale pattern separated by panels containing half of a multi-petalled flower. The upside down bowl is white and appears to be undecorated The mussels are variously completely closed, half open, and fully open. A few are in separated halves without their contents, showing either the white inside or the dark brown, black and yellowish-green exteriors. The whole is very heavy for its size.


History note: Lovett Collection; sold Puttick & Simpson, London, 6 March 1903, Lovett Sale, lot 285; Mr Mossel by whom sold on 9 March 1903 to Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 27.5 cm
Height: 11.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Rouen ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


18th Century, second half#
Circa 1750 CE - 1800 CE

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high temperature colours ( blue, yellowish-green, brown, and black)

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Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 3
  • Location: In centre of base
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Number

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2293-1928
Primary reference Number: 76701
Old object number: 1434
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 1 September 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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