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Mug: C.1343-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Pottery: Norfolk House (Probably)




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue

Buff earthenware, thrown with applied handle, tin-glazed and painted in blue; the base has been partly wiped free of glaze. The jug has a bulbous body, a wide cylindrical neck, and an applied handle of D-section. It is decorated in panels on either side with half-length portraits of King William III flanked by the initials W R, and Queen Mary II with M R, separated by scrolls. The outside of the handle is also decorated with scrolls.


History note: Mrs Meredith collection, Little Massingham Manor, Massingham, Norfolk; sold Christie's, 6 May 1919, Old English pottery and porcelain, Mrs Meridith et al, part of lot 21; bought by Stoner for 20 guineas (£24.10s.0d. with commission) on behalf of Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 9.8 cm
Width: 10.7 cm
Width: 8.4 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ Surrey ⪼ England

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
Circa 1689 CE - 1694 CE


Made in London, probably at Norfolk House, Lambeth, between 1689 and the death of Mary II in 1694

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue from cobalt)
Visible Surfaces composed of tin-glaze
Base Diameter 5.4 cm

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: W R
  • Location: On either side of portrait of William III
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Initials
  • Text: M R
  • Location: On either side of portrait of Mary II
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Initials

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1343-1928
Primary reference Number: 71841
Old object number: 4646
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 15 December 2023 Last processed: Friday 16 February 2024

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

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