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Dish: Tulips and Foliage: C.1395-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Dish: Tulips and Foliage


Pottery: Pickleherring Pottery (Possibly)
Proprietor of pottery: Wilhelm, Christian
Pottery: Montague Close Pottery (Possibly)
Proprietor of pottery: Prynn, Jacob




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue, pale green, yellow, orange, and manganse-purple with a floral design and inscription `RICHARD KEY 1628'; reverse lead-glazed

Reddish-buff earthenware tin-glazed off-white on the front and painted in blue, pale green, yellow, orange, and manganese-purple; the reverse covered with translucent yellowish lead-glaze. Circular with a sloping rim, and wide shallow curved sides, standing on a footring. The front is decorated with three yellow tulips and two blue 'Tudor roses' on curving stems of blue foliage. On the rim there are waving stems of green foliage with orange buds at intervals, broken by a rectangular panel outlined in blue and inscribed 'RICHARD KEY 1628'. On the reverse the initials W R B (?) and a symbol are written faintly in blue underglaze.


History note: Bought by the vendor in a village in Surrey where it had been for some generations in a cottage and was used as a pudding dish for special occasions such as Christmas; H. J. Montgomerie Bell, Barn House, South Newington, Banbury, Oxfordshire; placed for sale with Mr Appleton of Walford and Sporter, Oxford, where bought on 15 November 1913 for £50 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 33.4 cm
Height: 6.9 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Southwark ⪼ Surrey ⪼ England
  • London ⪼ Surrey ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, Early#
James II
Production date: dated AD 1628


At the date of production the dish could have been made either at the Pickleherring pottery or the Montague Close pottery in Southwark

The decoration was probably inspired by pottery with floral decoration from Isnik in Turkey.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, pale green, yellow, orange, and manganese-purple)
Front composed of tin-glaze ( pinkish-white)
Back composed of lead-glaze ( translucent yellow)

Materials used in production

reddish buff with red inclusions Earthenware

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: RICHARD KEY 1628
  • Location: On rim
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: B not clear

  • Text: W K B
  • Location: On back
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Initials

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1395-1928
Primary reference Number: 71914
Old object number: 4847
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 10 February 2021 Last processed: Friday 16 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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