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Paving tile: C.2840B-1928

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Pottery: Aldgate Pottery (Possibly)
Pottery: Pickleherring Pottery




Buff earthenware, tin-glazed off-white on the upper surface and painted in blue, green, yellow and manganese. In the middle, a turkey or buzzard, to left within a frame of one manganese circle flanked by two blue concentric circles; in each corner, a debased fleur-de-lis or trefoil leaf. There is a hole in the top right-hand and lower left-hand corner.


History note: From a building in Saffron Walden, where purchased by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 2.1 cm
Height: 13.2 cm
Width: 13.2 cm

Relative size of this object

13.2 cm13.2 cm2.1 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England
  • Southwark ⪼ Surrey ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 16th Century
Early 17th Century
Elizabeth I
James I
Circa 1571 CE - Circa 1620 CE


Formerly attributed to the Netherlands, but probably English, made either at Aldgate between c. 1571-1615 or at Pickleherring pottery in Southwark ac. 1620

These tiles came from an unidentified location in Saffron Walden, Essex. Tiles with comparable designs were made in the Netherlands, but many examples executed in London have the same manganese-purple band framing the medallion and similar corners, which suggests that they were made in England.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, green, yellow and manganese)
Front composed of tin-glaze

Materials used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2840B-1928
Primary reference Number: 15809
Old object number: Gl. 598
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 10 February 2021 Last processed: Tuesday 14 February 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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