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Tin-glazed earthenware 'Palissy' style dish, decorated in blue, ochre, yellow and green. The central scene of fecundity, modelled in high relief, is complemented by the border decoration of oval and round wells painted with flowers and fruit, pears and cherries, between high relief masks. Fecundity vessels seem to have been in much demand as presentation pieces, and some were evidently intended as marriage gifts, for which a figure emblematic of 'Fecundity' would have been eminently suitable. At the top of the dish, a roundel inscribed with the initials I W I and the date 1675, probably refers to the marriage of John Wise and Joan Baldwin of Hillingdon by Vicar General licence at St Clements Danes on 14 May 1675. Moulded dishes of this sort were first made by Bernard Palissy (1510-1590) in France and dated English examples range from 1633 to 1697.
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