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  • Place of origin:

    Pickleherring (probably, made)
    Rotherhithe (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1660 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Pickleherring Pottery (manufacturer)
    Rotherhithe pottery (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware, painted in blue

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 138, The Harry and Carol Djanogly Gallery, case 2, shelf 3

Physical description

A female figure, possibly representing 'Peace', proffers an olive (?) branch. To the left are piled arms with a drum and flag; to the right a plant growing from a pot; in the foreground a small bird (a dove?). The border consists of flowers, pods, buds, and leafy scrolls. All the decoration is in blue. No apparent stilt marks.
Body colour: Reddish buff.
Glaze: Dull white with many tiny white specks. The front appears to have added kwaart. Except for a few areas of exposed biscuit on and near the foot the back is covered with a white tin-glaze similar to the front, perhaps over a pale slip. The foot-rim has possibly been partially wiped clean of glaze.
Shape: Shape A without any thickening at the rim which has a shallow groove. Foot pierced with one hole before firing. (Alphabetic shape codes as used in appendix to Archer. Delftware. 1997)

Place of Origin

Pickleherring (probably, made)
Rotherhithe (possibly, made)


ca. 1660 (made)


Pickleherring Pottery (manufacturer)
Rotherhithe pottery (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware, painted in blue


Height: 7.4 cm, Diameter: 48 cm

Object history note

Mr J. Bissley. Purchased from Miss E.M. Steele, Maidenhead, Berkshire, 1970.

Descriptive line


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

Archer, Michael. Delftware: the tin-glazed earthenware of the British Isles. A catalogue of the collection in the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: HMSO, in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1997. ISBN 0 11 290499 8
M. Archer, 'Acquisitions in The Department of Ceramics at the Victoria and Albert Museum (1968-70); III Seventeenth-century delftware', Burlington, June, 1971, pp.330, 333, Pl: 51.


Tin glaze; Earthenware


Glazed; Painted

Subjects depicted

Flower; Drum; Scroll-work; Flag; Olive branch; Figure (representation); Peace; Bird


Delftware; Ceramics


Ceramics Collection

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