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Dish: C.1383-1928

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Pottery: unidentified London pottery (Possibly)
Pottery: Brislington Pottery (Possibly)
Pottery: Unidentified Bristol pottery (Possibly)




Buff earthenware covered in dark blue tin-glaze and painted in white. Octagonal with an everted rim, sloping sides and flat centre, standing on a low footring, pierced by a hole. The central area is painted with a man seated in a landscape with sketchily outlined rocks and plants, and the sides with fan-like flower or leaf motifs.


History note: Mr Whittaker's shop at Christchurch, Hampshire, from whom bought for 15s.0d. on 1 February 1926 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 4.2 cm
Width: 21.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England
  • Brislington ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England
  • Bristol ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, Late
James II
William III and Mary II
Circa 1685 CE - 1695 CE


This dish could have been made in London or in Bristol or Brislington. The design, sometimes described as 'China-man-in Grasses' was derived from blue and white Chinese porcelain in the Ming Transitional style of the mid-late 16th century, or possibly Japanese copies of Chinese wares

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of tin-glaze ( white)

Materials used in production

blue Tin-glaze
buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Buff earthenware, press-moulded, tin-glazed dark blue, and painted in white

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1383-1928
Primary reference Number: 71899
Old object number: 4794
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 2 June 2020 Last processed: Friday 16 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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