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  • Place of origin:

    Tours (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca.1860 - 1870 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware, modelled, painted, glazed

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Trompe l'oeil sculpture of a fish in a basket, buff earthenware with clear lead glaze. Long, open-topped basket with single, central, high-looped handle, containing naturalistically-modelled and fish among ferns.

Place of Origin

Tours (probably, made)


ca.1860 - 1870 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Earthenware, modelled, painted, glazed

Marks and inscriptions

The handle bears a circular label printed 'SOLD' and with '401' inscribed in ink


Length: 90 cm approx., Width: 35 cm, Height: 25 cm approx.

Object history note

Unknown source, written on in 1985.

Descriptive line

Glazed earthenware sculpture in the form of a fish in a basket, attributed to School of Tours, France, ca.1860-70

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

Cristina Ramos e Horta, 'Manuel Mafra Ceramics in the Victoria and Albert Museum', in 'Artis: Revista de História da Arte e Ciências do Património', no.1, Portugal, 2013




Modelled; Glazed; Painted

Subjects depicted

Fish; Ferns; Baskets


Ceramics; Earthenware; Figures & Decorative ceramics


Ceramics Collection

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