English Bristol Delftware Adam & Eve Dish,
The charger is decorated in polychrome with a sponged blue border and a central scene of Adam and Eve with the serpent entwined around a tree with an apple in its mouth.
Dimensions: Diameter: 13 inches
Provenance: W.L. Little Collection, #14.
Reference: Delftware at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Michael Archer, Page 27, #A: 43, where the design is called The Temptation. Archer writes that....This charger which belongs to a small group, introduces a new composition. The painting is poor, there is little attempt to create a naturalistic setting and maximum use is made of sponging.
the same treatment of the scene appears on two dated objects. The first, a plaque, has the date 1751 and the other a dish of conventional mid-century form with the inscription John Archer/1755.
Downman, p. 95.