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William III: C.1632-1928

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Current Location: In storage


William III


Probably unidentified London pottery (Pottery)


Tin-glazed earthenware dish decorated with William III, crowned, and wearing coronation robes, standing between half trees. W R on each side of his head. Border of blue dashes over yellow band

Buff earthenware, the front tin-glazed and painted in blue, green, yellow, brownish-orange, and manganese-purple; the back, covered with bluish-white tin-glaze. Circular with a sloping rim, and curved well, standing on a footring. (Archer 1997, shape A). Decorated on the front with a standing figure of William III, crowned and wearing coronation robes, and holding an orb and sceptre. The initials W and R are written on either side of his head. On the extreme right and left there are half trees, and overhead a flock of birds. Round the edge there is a yellow band and blue dashes


History note: Earlier provenance unknown; Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 35 cm
Height: 7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


Late 17th Century
William III (1750-1702)
Circa 1694 CE - 1702 CE

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, green, yellow, brownish-orange, and manganese-purple)

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware white and bluish-white Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Buff earthenware, the front tin-glazed and painted in blue, green, yellow, brownish-orange, and manganese-purple; the back, covered with a pale slip under bluish-white tin-glaze with green spots, and considerable crawling; one stilt- mark on footring which has a single hole

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: W R
  • Location: Front
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1632-1928
Primary reference Number: 72361
Old object number: R.1008
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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