Tin-glazed earthenware plate: 1671-1690

Tin-glazed earthenware plate: 1671-1690
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 29cm x 22cm

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Tin-glazed earthenware plate of London manufacture with Chinoiserie design depicting Chinamen among moss-covered rocks in shades of blue on a white glaze. The plate was recovered from St Martin Vintry in a coffin, overlying the pelvis and abdomen. Although the church was destroyed by the Great Fire of 1666, burials continued afterwards. It was customary to place a receptacle of salt on a corpse in the belief that it prevented swelling or purging. This is the only known instance of delftware being used for this purpose.

Image Details

Date
 
1671 AD - 1690 AD
Image Number
 
004984

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