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Dish: C.2637-1928

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: Unidentified




Tin-glazed earthenware dish painted in blue, green and yellow with half-length figures of King William III and Mary II, dated 1693, surrounded by a floral border

Buff earthenware, moulded, tin-glazed and painted in blue, bluish-green, and yellow. The circular dish has a wavy, everted edge, gadrooned rim and deep well with a convex centre, and stands on a footring. The well is decorated with half-length figures of William III and Mary II with initials 'WR . MR' below, and the date, '1693' above. Both are crowned. William wears a voluminous wig, a cravat and armour, and Mary has ear-length hair, and wears a necklace, and a dress with an indecently low neckline. On either side of them there is a curving tulip on a stem with several leaves. The curved rim is encircled by a continuous stem of tulips and daisies flanked by tendrils and separated by foliage.


History note: George Stoner, London; from whom bought for £14 on 13 December 1909 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 34.4 cm
Height: 7.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Delft ⪼ Holland ⪼ United Provinces of the Netherlands

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, Late
William III and Mary II
Production date: dated AD 1693


Dishes of this moulded gadrooned form were imported into the Netherlands from Italy in the late 16th and early 17th century, and were made in Delft and elsewhere in the United Provinces in large numbers during the second half of the century.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue, bluish-dark green, and yellow)
Footring Diameter 11.5 cm

Materials used in production

perhaps a coating of kwaart as very shiny Lead-glaze

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Buff earthenware, moulded, tin-glazed, and painted in blue, bluish-dark green, and yellow high temperature (oxide) colours

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 1693
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Date
  • Text: WR . MR [joined]
  • Location: Below half-figures of the monarchs
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Initials

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2637-1928
Primary reference Number: 73835
Old object number: 3102
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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