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Fish Table Ornament: C.2279-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Fish Table Ornament


Factory: Philippe Mombaers Factory (Probably)




Earthenware, moulded, tin-glazed overall. Painted in blue, green, yellow, and black. In the shape of a swimming fish, perhaps a salmon, resting on an oval footring. The fish and foot have a yellow ground decorated naturalistically in the other colours.


History note: Lovett Collection; Puttick & Simpson, 6 March 1903; Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 9.2 cm
Height: 12.9 cm
Length: 29.5 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Brussels ⪼ Southern Netherlands

Acquisition and important dates

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


Second half of 18th century
Circa 1750 CE - 1780 CE


The fish was included among the Italian maiolica by Rackham (1935), but two closely comparable fish in the Municipal Museum, Grand Place, Brussels are attributed to Philippe Mombaers (d. 1754). See also documentation Het Prinsenhof, Delft, 1960

Components of the work

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

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Earthenware, moulded, tin-glazed overall and painted in blue, green, yellow, and black

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2279-1928
Primary reference Number: 80856
Old object number: 1431
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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