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Portrait Medallion of Jan van Oldenbarnevelt (1547-1619): MAR.C.19-1912

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Portrait Medallion of Jan van Oldenbarnevelt (1547-1619)


Wedgwood, Josiah (Factory)


Jasper, pale blue with darker blue wash on the upper surface, and white relief. Oval, with bust of Jan Van Oldenbarneveldt in profile to right, impressed 'OLDENBARNEVELD' below the truncation. On the reverse there are two circular holes behind the head and chest of the relief.


History note: Unknown before testator

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 8.5 cm
Width: 7.0 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Etruria ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


Late 18th century
George III
Circa 1780 - 1795


The medallion of Oldenbarneveld is mentioned in the 1779 Wedgwood Catalogue, and in the Oven Book, 17th July 1779. The mould sur¬vives. See Documentation

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work


Materials used in production

Jasper ware

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: WEDGWOOD
  • Location: On back
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Location: On front below the truncation
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.C.19-1912
Primary reference Number: 11398
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 21 May 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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