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Dish: The Temptation: C.1616-1928

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Dish: The Temptation


Possibly Norfolk House (Pottery)
Possibly unidentified London pottery (Pottery)


Tin-glazed earthenware painted in polychrome with The Temptation and a blue-dash border

Buff earthenware, the front tin-glazed and painted in blue, turquoise-green, yellow, and brownish-red, and sponged in blue. The reverse is coated with a pale slip and a pale brown tin-glaze. Circular with a wide sloping rim, and shallow curved well, standing on a footring. The front is decorated with Adam and Eve on either side of the Tree of Knowledge which is entwined by the Serpent. On each side there is a sponged tree and in the foreground blue plants on a green ground. Round the edge there is a blue circle, a yellow circle and blue dashes.


History note: Unknown, probably acquired c. 1900-1905 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 35.5 cm
Diameter: 14 in
Height: 7.3 cm
Height: 2 7/8 in

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ Surrey ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Early 18th Century
George I
Circa 1705 CE - 1720 CE


Probably made in the London area, possibly at Norfolk House, Lambeth

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration Front composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, green, yellow, and brownish-red) Back composed of lead-glaze ( brown) slip Front composed of tin-glaze Decoration

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1616-1928
Primary reference Number: 72313
Old object number: 1311
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Saturday 15 January 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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