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Dish: MAR.C.69-1912

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Production: Unidentified Manises pottery




Tin-glazed earthenware dish, painted in blue and copper lustre with birds and foliage

Earthenware with creamy-white tin-glaze, painted in blue and reduced-pigment copper-lustre. Circular with a slightly everted rim, deep sloping rim, and curved well with a convex boss in the centre. The front is painted with three blue sprays of leaves. Between them, all painted in lustre, there are three birds pecking fruit, amongst small striped leaves on meandering stems which completely fill the background. The boss is lustred overall. The edge is encircled by a broad band of lustre. On the reverse, the lustre appears more red, and comprises numerous oval and incomplete oval outlines scattered over the surface. Two suspension holes were bored through the rim before firing.


History note: Unknown before testator, Charles Brinsley Marlay (1831-1912)

Legal notes

C. B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 38.1 cm
Height: 6.4 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Manises ⪼ Valencia ⪼ Spain

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


17th Century#
Circa 1600 CE - 1699 CE

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue from cobalt) copper-lustre ( copper lustre appearing reddish)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Earthenware, moulded, with creamy-white tin-glaze, painted in blue and copper-lustre, and reduction-fired

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: octagonal white paper stick-on label with blue printed border and hand-written black B.

  • Text: B.
  • Location: On the back of the sloping rim
  • Method of creation: Printed in blue and hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.C.69-1912
Primary reference Number: 77389
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 17 October 2017 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

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

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