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Merryman Plate: C.10-2001

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Current Location: In storage


Merryman Plate


Pottery: Unidentified




Tin-glazed earthenware 'Merryman Plate', painted in blue with an inscription surrounded by a crown, winged deer's heads, and scrollings Cs.

Pale buff earthenware, tin-glazed, and painted in blue. On the back there is a fault in the glaze, and three peg marks. Octagonal with incurved edges, sloping sides, and shallow circular well. Decorated in the centre with the inscription '5/but if his/wijfe doth frowne', with above, a crown, below, a winged cherub's head flanked by C-scrolls with three pendant tassels, and on each side, a winged deer's head facing outwards with a C-scroll below, all enclosed by two narrow concentric circles round the edge of the well.


History note: John Hext, Exeter; his wife, Jean M. Hext.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Mrs Jean M. Hext

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 19.3 cm
Height: 2.4 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Delft ⪼ Holland ⪼ Netherlands

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (2001) by Hext, Jean M.


17th Century, Late
William III and Mary II
Circa 1690 - Circa 1700


Accessioned as English, but probably Dutch

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Earthenware, tin-glazed, painted in blue

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 5/but if his/wijfe doth frowne
  • Location: In the centre
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.10-2001
Primary reference Number: 29491
Entry form number: 153
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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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