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Basin: C.1400-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Pottery: Pickleherring Pottery (Possibly)
Pottery: Montague Close (Possibly)
Pottery: Unknown (Possibly)




Earthenware, the front tin-glazed and painted in blue, green, yellow, and orange with fruit and foliage; the reverse, lead-glazed, and painted in blue.

Reddish-buff earthenware tin-glazed on the front, and painted in blue, green, yellow, and orange; the reverse, coated with yellowish lead-glaze tinged with green in five areas, and painted in blue. Circular with deep curved sides and an upwardly sloping rim, standing on a low footring which has been pierced. The interior is decorated with pomegranates, bunches of grapes, gourds, and foliage. The rim is decorated with a border of alternating flowers and scroll-motifs between concentric blue lines and with blue dashes on the edge. On the back, painted underglaze in blue is a flourish on the well and within the foot-rim the initials and date, `I. B.M/1639', with a flourish below, the I and B in monogram


History note: Sotheby's, London, 12 April, 1920, sale of Sir J. Horner of Mells, Somerset, purchased for £9.10.0 with a blue and white bowl by the porter, James Hegwood, for Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 40.5 cm
Diameter: 15 15/16 in
Height: 11.8 cm
Height: 4 5/8 in

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ 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 1639


Label text from the exhibition ‘Feast and Fast: The Art of Food in Europe, 1500–1800’, on display at The Fitzwilliam Museum from 26 November 2019 until 31 August 2020: Many seventeenth-century English ceramics are decorated with pomegranates, like this distinctively shaped ‘clapmash’ bowl, whose name derives from the Dutch 2019-12-04- ‘Klapmuts’, a sailor’s hat with a rounded crown and a broad flat brim. Its underside is dated ‘1639’ and has the initial letter ‘I’ combined with ‘B’ followed by ‘M’. The combination of ripe pomegranates with grapes (both symbols of fertility), and the precise form of the conjoined initials, make it likely that this dish was made to commemorate a marriage.

This shape of bowl was known as a clapmash. It may be Netherlandish rather than English.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, green, yellow, and orange)
Back composed of lead-glaze ( yellowish, tinged with green in five places)
Front composed of tin-glaze

Materials used in production

Tin-glazed earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Earthenware, the front tin-glazed and painted in blue, green, yellow, and orange; the reverse is coated with yellowish lead-glaze tinged with green in five places and painted underglaze in blue

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: IBM/1639
  • Location: On back
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue under glaze
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: IB monogram
  • Location: On back
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue underglaze
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1400-1928
Primary reference Number: 71929
Old object number: 4856
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 24 November 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 14 February 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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