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Dish: The Royal Oak: C.1425-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Dish: The Royal Oak


Pottery: unidentified London pottery (Probably)




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue, turquoise-green, yellow and orange with King Charles II and Colonel Carlos hiding in the Boscobel Oak surrounded by a blue dash border

Buff earthenware, tin-glazed on both sides, and painted in blue, turquoise-green, yellow, and orange. Circular with curved sides, standing on a footring. The front is painted with busts of King Charles II, wearing a hat with a high crown, and Colonel Carlos, hiding in the branches of the Boscobel Oak in which there are also three crowns. Across the trunk of the tree there is a label bearing the words 'The ROYAL OKe'. On either side of the tree there are very much smaller trees. The tree is encircled by concentric bands: a wide yellow, three narrow blue and a wide faint blue. Round the outer edge, there are blue dashes.


History note: Bought from Mr Stoner, London, on 28 November 1904 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, Trinity College, Cambridge by whom lent to the Fitzwilliam Museum in June 1910

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 39.2 cm
Height: 7.6 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, Late
Charles II
Circa 1660 CE - Circa 1680 CE


Probably made in London

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, green, yellow, and orange)

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware
white, spotted with blue on the back and having several areas tinged with green Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Buff earthenware, moulded, tin-glazed on both sides, and painted in blue,turquoise- green, yellow, and orange high-temperature colours; there are three stilt marks on the front, and the footring is pierced by a hole

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: The ROYALL OKe
  • Location: On the front
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1425-1928
Primary reference Number: 71982
Old object number: 2198
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Friday 16 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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