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Dish: The Temptation: C.1629-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Dish: The Temptation


Pottery: Unidentified Bristol pottery (Probably)
Pottery: Brislington Pottery (Possibly)




Tin-glazed earthenware painted and sponged in blue, and painted in green, yellow, and brownish-red with Adam and Eve standing beside the Tree of Knowledge

Buff earthenware, tin-glazed, painted and sponged in blue, and painted in green, yellow and brownish red. Circular with a wide sloping rim and curved well, standing on a footring. The front is decorated with Adam and Eve standing to the left of the Tree of Knowledge with a sponged two-tier tree further to the left. Eve is shown in profile with her back to the Tree. Round the edge there are blue and yellow bands and blue dashes.


History note: Sotheby’s 19 May, 1927, Porcelain and pottery, objects of vertu, boxes, tea caddies, lot 81; bought by Hunt for Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge .

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 36.1 cm
Height: 7.5 cm
Height: 3 in

Place(s) associated

  • Bristol ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England
  • Brislington ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Early#
George I
George II
Circa 1720 CE - 1740 CE


This dish is extremely unusual in showing Eve in profile and both Adam and Eve to the left of the Tree of Knowledge instead of one on each side. It was probably made in Bristol or Brislington.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, dull green, yellow, and brownish-red)
Back composed of tin-glaze ( greyish-white)
Front composed of tin-glaze ( white)

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Buff earthenware the front tin-glazed and painted and sponged in blue, and also painted in dull green, yellow, and brownish-red; the back has tin-glaze with thick dribbles radiating from the foot and many bubble holes around the outer edge, and three finger marks at one point near the edge

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1629-1928
Primary reference Number: 72353
Old object number: 4960
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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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