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The Temptation: C.1625-1928

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The Temptation


unidentified London pottery (Pottery)
Unknown (Pottery)


Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue, yellow, and manganese-purple with Adam and Eve standing on either side of the Tree of Knowledge; round the edge, two manganese lines

Buff earthenware, the front tin-glazed and painted in blue, yellow and manganese-purple, and sponged in blue; the reverse is covered with thick greenish-lead-glaze. Circular with a sloping rim and curved well, standing on a footring. The well is decorated with Adam and Eve standing on either side of the Tree of Knowledge which has yellow fruits and a serpent twined about the upper trunk. On the right and left there are low sponged bushes. The edge is encircled by two narrow manganese bands.


History note: Mr Jolley, a Cambridge dealer from whom bought on 28 September 1905 for £4 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 35 cm
Diameter: 13½ in
Height: 6.9 cm
Height: 2 3/8 in

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 17th Century
William III and Mary II
William III (1750-1702)
Circa 1690 CE - 1700 1700 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration: composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, yellow, and manganese) Back: composed of tin-glaze ( greenish) Front: composed of tin-glaze ( off-white)

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Buff earthenware, the front tin-glazed and painted in blue, yellow and manganese-purple high-temperature colours , and sponged in blue; the reverse is covered with thick greenish-lead-glaze

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1625-1928
Primary reference Number: 72349
Old object number: 2513
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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