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The Temptation: C.1405-1928

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


The Temptation


Pottery: Rotherhithe Pottery (Probably)




Tin-glazed earthenware painted blue, pale green, orange, and manganese-purple with Adam and Eve and the Tree of Knowledge

Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue, pale green, orange, and manganese-purple. Circular with curved sides and slightly everted rim, standing on a footring. Decorated in the middle with Adam and Eve standing on either side of the Tree of Knowledge entwined by a serpent and flanked by smaller stylized trees. The foreground has dark yellow paths and green grass. Round the edge are four concentric blue circles and blue dashes. The reverse has clear green-tinged pale brown lead-glaze.


History note: Not known, but probably acquired before 1900 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 37.3 cm
Height: 7.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Production date: circa AD 1650


Made in Southwark, probably at Rotherhithe

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

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

Materials used in production


References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1405-1928
Primary reference Number: 71937
Old object number: 699
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 April 2023 Last processed: Friday 16 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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