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Dish: Charles II on horseback: C.1439-1928

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Dish: Charles II on horseback


Pottery: unidentified London pottery (Probably)




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in polychrome with an equestrian figure of Charles II between two stylised trees; border of blue dashes over a yellow band

Dark buff earthenware, the front tin-glazed, and painted in blue, pale green, yellow, orange, and manganese-purple; the reverse covered with greenish lead-glaze. Circular with curved sides and everted rim, standing on a footring. The front is decorated with Charles II mounted on a rearing horse going to the right, with a tree on either side. He wears a crown and ermine-lined cloak and carries a sceptre. Above, are the letters C 2 (raised) and R for Carolus Rex. Round the edge there is a yellow band and blue dashes.


History note: Brixworth Manor, near Northampton; Mr Withnal, Berners Street, London from whom purchased in London on 20 December 1900 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 43.5 cm
Height: 9 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, third quarter#
Charles II
Circa 1660 CE - 1675 CE


The image was adapted from an undated engraving of Charles I entering Edinburgh by Cornelis van Dalen, possibly made shortly after 1641, which later formed the frontispiece to J. Nalson's 'Journal of the Tryal of Charles I', 1684. Long curly hair or a wig has been added to make the figure resemble Charles II. The same image was used for William III, sometimes with the horse going in the opposite direction..

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

dark buff Earthenware

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: the 2 is raised

  • Text: C 2 R
  • Location: On front above king
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1439-1928
Primary reference Number: 72002
Old object number: 1182
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 5 August 2019 Last processed: Friday 16 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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