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English: Dish

Dated 1638
Tin-glazed earthenware (delftware)
Possibly made in London by Richard Irons at the Southwark, Pickleherring or Montague Close Pottery
Inscribed 'IC/1638'

This is an entirely typical delftware dish made as a presentation piece, probably for a citizen (and perhaps a tradesman) of the City of London. Such dishes were used mainly as display objects, which often ensured their survival in as-new condition.

Rarely can delftware be attributed to individual potters or painters. In this case, however, the distinctive drawing style can be linked to other surviving dishes, one of which bears the initials 'RI' on the back which have plausibly been identified with Richard Irons, a Southwark potter who was buried in 1664. During the 17th Century, Southwark was both the centre of the London delftware industry and an enclave of Dutch craftsmen in general. It is not known, however, which of the two major potteries (Pickleherring or Montague Close) Richard Irons may have worked for.

Collection ID: C.56-1973

This photo was taken as part of Britain Loves Wikipedia in February 2010 by art_traveller.

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