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Dish: the Temptation: C.1628-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Dish: the Temptation


Pottery: Redcliff Back (Probably)




Tin-glazed earthenware painted and sponged in greyish-blue and green, and painted in yellow and red with The Temptation within a blue sponged border

Buff earthenware tin-glazed bluish-white, the front painted and sponged in greyish-blue and green, and painted in yellow and red. Circular with a narrow, slightly everted rim and deep curved sides, standing on a footring. The front is decorated with Adam and Eve standing on either side of the Tree of Knowledge which is entwined by a yellow serpent and has yellow and orange fruits. On each side there are boulders and low bushes. The rim has a border of two blue lines and blue sponging. There is a small C under the rim.


History note: Unidentified lady; Christies 12 February, 1909, lot 101; bought by S. Fenton, Cranbourn Street, for Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 35.2 cm
Height: 7.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Bristol ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England
  • Brislington ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Mid
George II
Circa 1745 CE - 1755 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

bluish-white Tin-glaze
buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Buff earthenware tin-glazed bluish-white on both sides, painted and sponged in blue and green, and painted in yellow and red; three stilt-marks on the front

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: C
  • Location: Under rim
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Inscription

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Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1628-1928
Primary reference Number: 72352
Old object number: 3024
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Audit data

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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