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Dish: an Oriental horseman: C.1406-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Dish: an Oriental horseman


Pottery: Unidentified Netherlandish pottery (Probably)
Pottery: unidentified English pottery (Possibly)


  • Dish
  • charger
  • blue-dash charger



Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue, dull pale yellow, and manganese-purple with a Turkish horseman riding to the left surrounded by two blue concentric circles, and blue dashes on the edge.

Buff earthenware, tin-glazed white on the front and painted in blue, dull pale yellow and manganese-purple, the reverse possibly coated with a pale slip before application of greenish-yellow, lead-glaze with dark radiating streaks. Circular with deep curved sides and slightly everted rim, standing on a footring. The front is decorated with an Oriental horseman (probably a Turk) riding to the left. He wears a turban and a long gown with a sash or cloak billowing out om a fan-shape behind him, and holds a feather-like object in his right hand. Round the rim there are two blue concentric circles and blue dashes.


History note: Mr Malcolm Stoner, London, from whom purchased for £45 on 28 March 1927 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 34.3 cm
Diameter: 13½ in
Height: 7 cm
Height: 2 ¾ in

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ Friesland ⪼ Netherlands

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 17th Century
Circa 1675 CE - 1700 CE


The origin of this dish is uncertain, it could be Dutch, possibly Friesian, or English

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, yellowish-green, and manganese-purple)
Back composed of lead-glaze ( greenish)
Front composed of tin-glaze

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Buff earthenware, the front tin-glazed and painted in blue, dull yellow and manganese-purple; the reverse covered with greenish lead-glaze which has crazed, probably over pale slip

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: The above text was centred so that it formed a rounded lozenge shape

  • Text: A VERY RARE LAMBETH DELFT CHARGER Painted in colours with an equestrian portrait of a man holding a quill pen. This probably is a represen- tation of Sir Francis Windebank fleeing for his life to France. SIR FRANCIS WINDEBANK (1582-1645). English Secretary of State and was the only son of Sir Thomas Windebank of Hougham, Lincs, who owed his advancement to the Cecil family. Francis entered St John's College, Oxford, in 1599 coming there under the influence of Laud. After a few years of continental travel (1605-1608), he was employed for many years in minor public office, and became Clerk of the Council. In June 1632 he was appointed by Charles I Secretary of State in succession to Lord Dorchester, his senior colleague being Sir John Coke, and he was knighted. Windebank's efforts as Treasury Commissioner in 1635 to shield some of those guilty of corruption, led to a breach with Archbishop Laud, and next year he was for a time dis- graced for issuing an order for the conveyance of Spanish money to pay the Spanish troops in the Netherlands. In July 163 (sic) he urged upon the King instant war with the Scots, and in 1640 when tumults were breaking out in England, he sent an appeal from the Queen to the Pope for money and men. Elected March 1640 Member of the S rt Parliament for Oxford University, and entered Long Parliament in October as member for Corfe. In December the House learnt that he had signed letters of grace to recusant priests and Jesuits, and summoned him to answer the charge, but with the King's connivance he fled to France and died in Paris on 1st.Sept.1646.
  • Location: Stuck onto the back until 2002
  • Method of creation: Typed on white paper
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1406-1928
Primary reference Number: 71938
Old object number: 4973
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 11 January 2023

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

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