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dish

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1891,0224.3

  • Description

    Dish, earthenware, tin-glazed, painted in blue with figures of four reformers and four Catholic representatives: Luther, Calvin, Wycliff and Beza opposing cardinal, pope, archbishop and monk across a table; various inscriptions, some emanating from mouths of the figures; candle and inscribed book on table; painted in blue on the back with panels containing scissors, compasses and nails. Inscription and date.

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  • Date

    • 1692
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 32 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        back of dish
      • Inscription Content

        ANNO INSC IAN VAN DIENINGE IANNETE VAN WYN BEREEN 1692
      • Inscription Comment

        painted in blue
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        on the front of the dish
      • Inscription Content

        A. IOANNES WICLEF BLOEIDE 1386 B. MARTINUS. LUTERUS B = 1540 C. IOANNES CALVINUS. B = 1560 D. THEODORUS. BEZA. B = 1600
      • Inscription Comment

        Painted in blue. These are the names of men associated with the Reformation: John Wycliffe, Martin Luther, John Calvin and Theodore Beza.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        book, on the front of the dish
      • Inscription Content

        EVANGELL
      • Inscription Comment

        painted in blue
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Content

        B C D A
      • Inscription Comment

        These letters appear above the reformers and relate to the key below which identifies them.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        on the front of the dish
      • Inscription Content

        Verkerde geleerheit Valsche seccessi leugen geest schyn hevlichey
      • Inscription Comment

        Painted in bl.ue, emanating from mouths of cardinal, pope, archbishop and monk.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        on the front of the dish, on the table
      • Inscription Content

        +Lieht is op den Kandelaer gestelt
  • Curator's comments

    This dish commemorates the marriage of the two people named on the reverse.
    The objects painted on the reverse presumably refer to the occupation of Ian Van Dieninge.

    The print on which the scene on the pot is based is discussed by Sheila O'Connell, 'The popular print in England 1550-1850', London, 1999, pp. 129-31. For German and Dutch variations see Werner Hoffmann, 'Luther und die Folgen für die Kunst, Munich, 1984, pp. 157, 320; Wolfgang Harms and Michael Schilling, 'Deutsche illustrierte Flugblätter des 16 und 17 Jahrhundert', 4 vols, Tubigen and Munich, II, p. 123, and see Pamela Tudor-Craig, 'Group Portraits of the Protestant Reformers', in Tara Hamling and Richard Williams (eds), 'Art Reformed: Reassessing the Impact of the Reformation on the Visual Arts', 2007.

    On Protestant pots, see Andrew Morrall, 'Protestant Pots: morality and social ritual in the early modern home', Journal of Design History, 15, 2002, pp. 263-73

    The above bibliography has been contributed by Professor Alex Walsham, University of Cambridge.

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  • Bibliography

    • Walsham 2012 p. 933 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition

    Some loss of glaze and small chips to the rim

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1891

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1891,0224.3

Dish; earthenware; tin-glazed; figures of four reformers and four Catholic representatives: Luther, Calvin, Wycliff and Beza opposing cardinal, pope, archbishop and monk across a table; various inscriptions, some emanating from mouths of the figures; candle and inscribed book on table; reverse: panels with scissors, compasses and nails.

Dish; earthenware; tin-glazed; figures of four reformers and four Catholic representatives: Luther, Calvin, Wycliff and Beza opposing cardinal, pope, archbishop and monk across a table; various inscriptions, some emanating from mouths of the figures; candle and inscribed book on table; reverse: panels with scissors, compasses and nails.

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