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Two joined fragments (A) and another fragment (B) probably from the same dish: C.72A & B-1928

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Two joined fragments (A) and another fragment (B) probably from the same dish


Pottery: Unidentified Harlow pottery




Earthenware, slip-trailed and lead-glazed

Red earthenware, thrown, the front slip-trailed in cream appearing yellow under the lead-glaze; reverse unglazed. Originally circular with thick walls, and rim thickened on the underside, sloping sides, and flat base. The two joined fragments (A) and the single fragment (B) all have two wavy lines trailed round the outer edge. The piece on the left of (A) is trailed with the date '1638' followed by the upper part of 'F'; the piece on the right is trailed 'EA; and prt of an 'R' with below part of a stem flanked by curling tendrils. (B) is trailed with 'GOD E' with below a stem flanked by curling tendrils, on each side of which is a veritcal wavy line


History note: Found in London; James Smith of Whitechapel; purchased with other ojects at his sale, Sotheby’s December 19, 1901, lot 44 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Place(s) associated

  • Harlow ⪼ Essex ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Second quarter of 17th century
Charles I
Production date: dated AD 1638


The pottery formerly known as Metropolitan Slipware is since the 1960s been known to have come from the area of Harlow new town (see Documentation). Many examples bear religious inscriptions, such as Fear God.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of slip ( cream)
Front composed of lead-glaze
B Length 13.5 cm Width 13 cm
A Length 22.9 cm Width 11.8 cm

Materials used in production

red Earthenware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: part of the letters are missing

  • Text: 1638 FEAR GODE
  • Location: On front
  • Method of creation: Slip-trailed
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.72A & B-1928
Primary reference Number: 187797
Old object number: 3670.1
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 24 July 2012 Updated: Thursday 30 June 2016 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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