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A Bare-headed Commander on Horseback: C.1397-1928

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Titles

A Bare-headed Commander on Horseback

Maker(s)

Possibly Pickleherring Pottery (Pottery)
Possibly Montague Close Pottery (Pottery)

Description

Tin-glazed earthenware dish painted in blue, green, yellow, and orange with a commander in armour, riding a horse which is galloping to the left. Initialled and dated 'H/A:I/1637'. Blue dash border. 'I L' on the back inside footring.

Reddish-buff earthenware, the front tin-glazed off-white, and painted in blue, green, yellow, and orange; the reverse covered with pale yellowish lead-glaze. Circular with narrow rim and deep curved sides, standing on a footring. Decorated with a bare-headed commander wearing armour and holding a baton, riding on a horse which is galloping to the viewer's left. Inscribed below the baton in blue 'H/ A I 1637’. The foreground is dappled in green and yellow and there are low bushes on either side. Round the edge there are three blue concentric bands and narrow blue dashs. In the middle of the back are the initials 'I L' (dot over the I)

Notes

History note: Mr Stoner, 93-94 York Street, Westminster, from whom purchased by Dr Glaisher in December 1898 for £9.0.0.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 37.7 cm
Height: 7.1 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Southwark ⪼ Surrey ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

17th Century
Charles I
Production date: dated AD 1637 : dated

Note

This is the earliest English equestrian portrait dish. It was probably made at either the Pickleherring or Montague Close potteries in Southwark on the south side of the Thames. The rider was once identified as Charles I, but the resemblance is very slight. The design was probably derived from an engraving, such as Maurice of Nassau on horseback by Crispin van de Passe (Hollstein, XV, p. 260, 788), but no specific source has been identified

School or Style

Baroque

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, green, yellow, and orange) Back composed of lead-glaze Front composed of tin-glaze

Materials used in production

Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Earthenware, the front tin-glazed off-white, and painted in blue, green, yellow, and orange; the reverse covered with pale yellowish lead-glaze

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: H/A:I/1637
  • Location: On front below baton
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: I L
  • Location: On back in the middle
  • Method of creation: Painted underglaze
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1397-1928
Primary reference Number: 71916
Old object number: 1496
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 27 November 2020 Last processed: Saturday 15 January 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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