plateAccession number: 20572
Collection place: Lambeth, London [Lambeth] or Southwark, London [Southwark]
Production date: 1671-1690
Material: ceramic; earthenware
Measurements: DM 216 mm; H 26 mm
Museum Section: Post-Medieval
Summary: 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 a 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.
Location: Object stored at Mortimer Wheeler House (Ceramics and Glass store)
Category: Tin glazed wares.
Sub-category: London-area redware.
Britton, Frank, London delftware London : Jonathan Horne, (1987). Pages: 202pISSN ISBN 0951214004 (Object details: p 135 no 97 pl K, published)