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Dish: The Temptation or Fall: C.1614-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Dish: The Temptation or Fall


Production: Norfolk House (Possibly)




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue, pale green, and yellow with the Temptation

Buff earthenware tin-glazed and painted in blue, pale green, and yellow, and sponged or dabbed in blue. Circular with deep curved sides, standing on a footring.The back has a pronounced groove on the upper part of the well, dull tin-glaze with spots, smudges, and dark misfired patches near the rim. The front is decorated with Adam and Eve on either side of the Tree of Knowledge flanked by low sponged or dabbed bushes, surrounded by a border of a blue zig-zag between yellow bands, with groups of three ovals in each apex, and round the edge, blue dashes.


History note: W. Smedley Aston, Erdington, Warwickshire; Mr Stoner from whom bought on on 28 November 1910 for £15 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 42 cm
Height: 10.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ Surrey ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Early#
George I
Circa 1702 CE - 1720 CE


The zig-zag border is unusual

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, pale green and yellow)

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware
the back grey and speckled black and blue Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Buff earthenware, tin-glazed white on the front, and painted in blue, pale green, and yellow; three stilt marks in the middle. The back has dull tin-glaze with blue spots, smudges, and dark misfired patches near the rim; the glaze has been partly wiped off the footring which is pierced by two holes close together.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1614-1928
Primary reference Number: 72311
Old object number: 3317
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 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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