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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
British Galleries, Room 56, The Djanogly Gallery

Dish

1615 (dated)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Object Type
General purpose dishes such as this may have been used for almost any type of food, as well as serving a decorative function when not in use. Little distinction was made between bowls and dishes, cups and porringers, jugs and mugs.

Trading
Werra slipware was just one of the many types of pottery which could not be replicated in England, and which was valued for its stylish decoration. At the same time as these dishes were made by clusters of potteries along the River Werra, a similar range of slipware dishes, much plainer and mainly decorated with geometric designs, was made along another German river, the Weser.

Design & Designing
A stock range of stylised figures such as soldiers and clowns was developed for use on these dishes. These figures were reproduced over a long period but have no significance other than as decoration. What is distinctive about Werra slipwares is the mixture of techniques. On a surface that would betray even the slightest mistake the slip-trailing is handled deftly, while the sgraffito decoration shows a masterly drawing technique.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Earthenware, with lead glaze
Brief Description
Red earthenware dish decorated with trailed and incised white slip brushed in parts with copper-green, made at Werra, dated 1615
Physical Description
Red earthenware dish decorated with trailed white slip, the detailing of the central figure of an angel scratched through the slip in the sgraffito technique, with the date 1615.
Dimensions
  • Height: 32.4cm
Dimensions checked: Measured; 07/11/2000 by NH
Gallery Label
British Galleries: This is typical of the fine Werra slipware imported into England from about 1550 to 1650. The mixture of trailed and incised slip demonstrates the high degree of sophistication achieved by slipware potters using the very limited range of materials at their disposal.(27/03/2003)
Object history
Made in the area along the river Werra, Germany
Subject depicted
Summary
Object Type
General purpose dishes such as this may have been used for almost any type of food, as well as serving a decorative function when not in use. Little distinction was made between bowls and dishes, cups and porringers, jugs and mugs.

Trading
Werra slipware was just one of the many types of pottery which could not be replicated in England, and which was valued for its stylish decoration. At the same time as these dishes were made by clusters of potteries along the River Werra, a similar range of slipware dishes, much plainer and mainly decorated with geometric designs, was made along another German river, the Weser.

Design & Designing
A stock range of stylised figures such as soldiers and clowns was developed for use on these dishes. These figures were reproduced over a long period but have no significance other than as decoration. What is distinctive about Werra slipwares is the mixture of techniques. On a surface that would betray even the slightest mistake the slip-trailing is handled deftly, while the sgraffito decoration shows a masterly drawing technique.
Bibliographic Reference
Hildyard, Robin. European Ceramics. London : V&A Publications, 1999. 144 p., ill. ISBN 185177260X
Collection
Accession Number
C.302-1919

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record createdNovember 19, 2002
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