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Bowl: C.2329-1928

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Production: Unidentified Nevers factory




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue, yellow and grey. The bowl is circular with a wavy edge and curved sides, spirally fluted on the outside. It is decorated in the middle with a circular medallion with a border of stylized leaves enclosing a little boy holding a flag, seated on two guns with a drum beside him. On the viewer's left of him there is a trophy comprising a spade, a crozier and a sword, with above the words 'VV /la nation (Long live the Nation). Round the upper part of the sides there are twelve sprays of foliage and a line which encircles the bowl below the rim. There is a blue P on the reverse.


History note: Purchased at Caen on 31 March 1894 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Place(s) associated

  • Nevers ⪼ Nièvre department ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Late
French Revolution
Production date: circa AD 1795


Faïenciers responded to the French Revolution by producing pottery - particular dishes, plates, and bowls - decorated with patriotic slogans and symbols, known today as faïences patriotiques. Nevers, an important manufacturing centre of faïence since the late sixteenth century, was a major producer. The military character of the central medallion on this bowl, inscribed 'Vive la nation', indicates that it was made after the commencement of the Revolutionary War. The trophy to the left of the boy represents the three estates, clergy, nobility and workers. The slogan had begun to be used instead of 'Vive le roi' (Long live the King) and other cries incorporating le roi, from about 1790-2.

School or Style

faience populaire

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, yellow, and grey)
Rim Diameter 31.2 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: P
  • Location: Under the side
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2329-1928
Primary reference Number: 76718
Old object number: 500
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 8 September 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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