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William III and Mary II: C.1634-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


William III and Mary II


Production: unidentified London pottery (Probably)




Tin-glazed earthenware painted and sponged in blue, brownish-orange and manganese-purple with William III and Mary II standing between trees; blue dash border.

Buff earthenware, the front tin-glazed and painted in blue, yellow, brownish-orange, and manganese-purple, and sponged in blue; the reverse covered with bluish lead-glaze. Circular with everted rim, and curved sides, standing on a footring. Willaim III, wearing a crown and coronation robes, and holding an orb and centre stands on the left of Mary II, who is crowned, and holds a fan. The letters W M are painted above and to the left of their heads and R to the right of Mary's head. On each side there are sponged trees and in the foreground, three broad strokes and three areas of sponging. Round the outer edge there is a yellow band and a blue dash border.


History note: Exhibition at Debenham and Freebody, Wigmore Street, London where purchased for £2 2s.0d. on 8 June 1893 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 34.4 cm
Height: 7.1 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 and Mary II
Circa 1689 CE - 1694 CE

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, yellow, brownish-orange, manganese-purple)
Back composed of lead-glaze
Front composed of tin-glaze

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Earthenware, the front tin-glazed and painted in blue, yellow, brownish-orange, and manganese-purple, and sponged in blue; the reverse coveed with bluish lead-glaze

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: W M R
  • Location: On front
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1634-1928
Primary reference Number: 72363
Old object number: 6
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 7 August 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 22 November 2022

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

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