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Charles II and Catherine of Braganza: C.207-1928

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Charles II and Catherine of Braganza


Toft, Thomas (Production)


Earthenware, thrown, the front coated with white slip, and slip-trailed in two shades of brown under lead-glaze; reverse unglazed. Circular with a broad rim, deep sides, and almost flat centre. Decorated in the middle with busts of a woman with her hair dressed in ringlets and wearing a necklace and a crown, and a man with a long wig, probably Catherine of Braganza and Charles I. Above and between their heads is a rosette, and below, a winged motif. The sides of the well are decorated with a zig-zag slightly curved line forming triangles, and the rim has a trellis border, broken at the bottom by a rectangular panel enclosing the name THOMAS.TOFT


History note: J.E. Hodgkin Collection; Wilfred Harding, London from whom purchased on 13 or 15 September 1913 for £170 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge. The dish arrived in Cambridge on 16 October.

Legal notes

Dr. J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 7 cm
Diameter: 44 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Charles II
Second half of 17th century
Circa 1662 - Circa 1685


Charles II married Catherine of Braganza in 1662, but the dish could have been made some years later.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration: composed of slip ( white, pale brown, dark brown) Front: composed of lead-glaze

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing (pottery technique) : Earthenware, thrown, slip-coated, slip-trailed, and lead-glazed

Inscription or legends present

  • Location: On front
  • Method of creation: Slip-trailing
  • Maker's name

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.207-1928
Primary reference Number: 73072
Old object number: 3644
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 13 July 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 14 July 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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