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  • Place of origin:

    Portugal (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1625 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 145, case 5, shelf 2

Physical description

The dish is decorated with a crane, a symbol of longevity, in imitation of Chinese porcelain of the late Ming Dynasty. The crane stands in a rocky landscape. The rim is divided into twelve panels alternating large and small, the former enclosing a spray of fruit or a flower and the latter a wavy line. Underneath, the rim is also divided by radial lines into panels in each of which is a wavy band.

Place of Origin

Portugal (made)


ca. 1625 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware


Diameter: 13.75 in

Object history note

Formerly in the collection of Oswald Crawfurd, C.M.G., H.B.M., Consul at Oporto. Exhibited at the Museum on loan between 1888 and 1897. Purchased for £1.17s.6d from his sale at Christies (part of lot 222).

Descriptive line

Dish decoratedin blue with a crane, tin-glazed earthenware, made in Portugal, about 1625

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Ray, Anthony. Spanish Pottery 1248-1898. London : V&A Publications, 2000.
Passion for Porcelain: masterpieces of ceramics from the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Queiroz, José. Ceramica Portugueza, 1907
F. Perzynski in Burlington Magazine, XVIII, 1910
Caiger-Smith, Alan. Tin-glaze Pottery, 1973

Labels and date

Made in Portugal about 1625-50
Tin-glazed earthenware


The dish is decorated with a crane - a symbol of longevity. [16/07/2008]


Tin-glazed earthenware




Ceramics Collection

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