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Dish with portrait of Queen Mary: C.1507-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Dish with portrait of Queen Mary


Production: Brislington Pottery (Probably)




Dark buff earthenware, tin-glazed pale greenish-blue overall, and painted in blue. Circular with curved sides. Decorated in the middle with a half-length portrait probably of Queen Mary II wearing a crown, a necklace, and an ermine-trimmed cape over her dress. Above her shoulders are the initials 'Q' and 'M' , and on each side close to the edge of the dish, draped up curtains.


History note: Christie's, 2 December 1909, Pottery and Faience, part of lot 73; sold to Mr Stoner for £1.1s.0d.; sold by him for £6.10s. on 2 December 1909 to Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 22.9 cm
Height: 4.6 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Brislington ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, Late
Mary II
Circa 1689 CE - 1694 CE


Brislington pottery was being run by Sarah Bennet II when Mary II and William III came to the throne, and was succeeded in 1690 by her husband Thomas Dickson

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( cobalt-blue)
Base Diameter 10.3 cm

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware
pale greenish-blue Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Buff earthenware, tin-glazed pale greenish-blue overall, and painted in blue; three stilt marks on the front; glaze removed from the edge of the foot

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Q M
  • Location: On front
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1507-1928
Primary reference Number: 72112
Old object number: 3092
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 October 2022 Last processed: Tuesday 17 October 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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