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Dish: William III: C.1630-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Dish: William III


Pottery: unidentified London pottery (Probably)




Tin-glazed earthenware dish decorated with William III, initialled W R above, crowned, and wearing coronation robes, standing between half trees; yellow band and blue dash border.

Buff earthenware, the front tin-glazed, and painted in blue, dark green, yellow, orange, and manganese-purple; the back covered with thin bluish lead-glaze. Circular with everted rim and curved sides, standing on a footring. Decorated with a standing figure of William III bewigged, and wearing a crown, an ermine-lined robe, garters and shoes with bows, and holding an orb and sceptre. Below his hands is an unidentified object,with scales, perhaps a purse. Inscribed on either side above his head are the letters W and R. On each side there are by dark green half fir-trees, and in the foreground broad green and yellow stripes. The rim is encircled by a yellow band and blue dashes. On the reverse, indistinctly inscribed '16 . 94'.


History note: A.E. Clarke; sold Sotheby's, 18 June 1919, lot 58; sold to Mr Stoner for £45; sold by Mr Stoner for £50 on 3 July 1919 to Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 34.6 cm
Height: 7.9 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, Late
William III (1750-1702)
Production date: dated AD 1694 : dated


Probably made at one of the London potteries

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Earthenware, moulded, the front tin-glazed, and painted in blue, dark green, yellow, orange, and manganese-purple; the back covered witha pale slip and a thin bluish lead-glaze which has crawled in places; on stilt mark on footring

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: W R
  • Location: On front
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: 16.94
  • Location: On back
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1630-1928
Primary reference Number: 72354
Old object number: 4063
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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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