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  • Place of origin:

    Staffordshire (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1670-1700 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Simpson, Ralph (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Red earthenware, lead-glazed with 'slip' decoration

  • Credit Line:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 138, The Harry and Carol Djanogly Gallery, case A, shelf 1

Physical description

Dish, decorated with a pelican in her piety, and a border of masks and medallions, in brown slip on a yellow ground. Signed 'Ralph Simpson' on front of dish. Red earthenware, lead-glazed with 'slip' decoration

Place of Origin

Staffordshire (made)


ca. 1670-1700 (made)


Simpson, Ralph (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Red earthenware, lead-glazed with 'slip' decoration

Marks and inscriptions

painted in slip on front of dish (rim)


Diameter: 43.2 cm

Object history note

Purchased from Prof. A.H. Church for £10.

Historical context note

A slipware dish with the same design of a Pelican in Her Piety was made by Thomas Toft (see Bossert).

Descriptive line

Red earthenware covered with a white slip and decorated with an image of a 'Pelican in her Piety' in coloured slips. The whole covered in a clear lead glaze. Signed by the potter Ralph Simpson. English (Staffordshire), about 1670-1700.

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

H. Th. Bossert, Peasant Art in Europe, London, 1927
Barker, David, Slipware, Shire Publications, 1993

Labels and date

Dish with a Pelican in her Piety, made by Ralph Simpson, North Staffordshire, 1670-1700 [2010 (TAB)]


Earthenware; Lead glaze; Slip

Subjects depicted



Ceramics; Slipware; Earthenware


Ceramics Collection

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