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Dish

  • Place of origin:

    Birkenhead (made)

  • Date:

    1902 (dated)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hewitt, Harold William (designer)
    Shore, Gracie H. (decorated by)
    Della Robbia Pottery (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware with <i>sgraffito</i> decoration and painted in colours under a clear glaze

  • Museum number:

    953-1902

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 34, shelf 2

Physical description

Bowl of red earthenware, covered on the inside with a white slip, with sgraffito decoration painted in colours under a clear glaze. In the middle are the arms of the Borough of Birkenhead, with its motto 'UBI FIDES IBI LUX ET ROBUR'. The central medallion containing the arms is surrounded by four galleys arranged so as to form a square. On the sails of the galleys is an armorial shield bearing a lion rampant. The interspaces are filled in with shells and dolphins. The painting is in blue, yellow, green and crimson.

Place of Origin

Birkenhead (made)

Date

1902 (dated)

Artist/maker

Hewitt, Harold William (designer)
Shore, Gracie H. (decorated by)
Della Robbia Pottery (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Earthenware with sgraffito decoration and painted in colours under a clear glaze

Marks and inscriptions

HH monogram
incised on base

A ship and the letters DR on either side
Maker's mark incised on base

'Gracie H. Shone'
Signature incised on base

'UBI FIDES IBI / LUX ET / ROBUR'
Decoration incised on centre of dish, motto of the Borough of Birkenhead

Dimensions

Height: 7.6 cm, Diameter: 17.3 cm

Descriptive line

Dish, earthenware with sgraffito decoration and painted in colours under a clear glaze, decoration designed by Harold William Hewitt and decorated by Gracie H. Shore, made by Della Robbia Pottery, Birkenhead, dated 1902

Labels and date

Dish
Decoration designed by Harold William Hewitt, Decorated by Gracie H Shore, made by Della Robbia Pottery, Della Robbia Pottery, Birkenhead, Cheshire, England, dated 1902

953-1902 [23/05/2008]

Production Note

The designer was from Birkenhead School of Art.

Materials

Earthenware; Slip; Glaze

Techniques

Sgraffito; Painted; Glazed

Subjects depicted

Coats of arms; Shells; Dolphins; Galleys

Categories

Ceramics; Art Pottery; Earthenware

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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