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Ballooning Plate: C.1688-1928

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Titles

Ballooning Plate

Maker(s)

Probably Unidentified Lambeth Pottery (Production)

Description

Tin-glazed earthenare painted in blue, green, yellow, and manganese-purple

Buff earthenware, tin-glazed greenish-white, and painted in blue, green, yellow, and manganese-purple. Circular with a narrow sloping rim, shallow sloping sides, and flat centre. The middle is decorated with a scene showing a yellow hot-air balloon in the sky over a house, trees, and a fence. The rim is decorated with a border of green festoons with purple pendants between them, blue floral sprays and a blue feathered edge.

Notes

History note: Mr Freeman's sale of 27 January 1904, where bought by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 23.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

Late 18th century
George III
Circa 1784 CE - 1786 1786 CE

Note

Probably made in Lambeth at either the Lambeth High Street or Glasshouse Street potteries. The design was probably inspired by Vincenzo Lunardi's balloon ascent from Moorfields, London in 1784 or several ascents he made from St St George's Fields, Southwark in 1785.

Components of the work

Decoration: composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, green, yellow, and manganese-purple)

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Buff earthenware, moulded, tin-glazed greenish-white, and painted in blue, green, yellow, and manganese-purple high-temperature (oxide) colours; there are many pin-holes in the glaze on the reverse
Tin-glazing Painting

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1688-1928
Primary reference Number: 72455
Old object number: 1916
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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