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Dish: James II: C.1644-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Dish: James II


Pottery: Brislington Pottery




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue, yellow, and manganese with a bust of James II surrounded by a border of stylised flowers and foliage. Initialled J R with 2 above the R

Earthenware, the front tin-glazed pale blue, and painted in blue, yellow, and manganese-purple; the back covered with semi-transparent bluish lead-glaze. Circular with a wide sloping rim, and curved well, standing on a footring. Three spur marks in the middle. Decorated in the middle with a bust portrait of James II wearing coronation robes, and flanked by the initials J R with a 2 above the R. The rim is decorated with four stylized flowers with stylized leaves between them.


History note: Mr Hyde, Birmingham; purchased from Mr Malcolm Stoner for £45 on 8 April 1927 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 34.7 cm
Height: 6.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Brislington ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, Late
James II
Circa 1685 CE - 1688 CE


James II’s reign was brief, and few chargers have survived bearing his portrait.

Sarah Bennet II was proprietor of the Brislington pottery at this date

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue and yellow outlined in manganese-purple)
Front composed of tin-glaze ( pale blue)
Back composed of lead-glaze

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Buff earthenware, the front tin-glazed pale blue, and painted in blue, yellow, and manganese-purple; the back covered with semi-transparent bluish lead-glaze.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: the J R with 2 raised over the R
  • Location: On front
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1644-1928
Primary reference Number: 72378
Old object number: 4974
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 16 February 2021 Last processed: Tuesday 17 October 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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