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Dish: William III on horseback: C.1631-1928

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Dish: William III on horseback


Pottery: unidentified London pottery (Probably)


  • Dish
  • charger
  • blue-dash charger



Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue, yellow, orange, and manganese-purple, with William III riding to the left on a rearing horse between blue sponged trees; border of a yellow band and blue dashes

Buff earthenware, moulded, the front tin-glazed, painted in blue, yellow, brownish-orange, and manganese-purple, and sponged in blue; the back, covered with greenish lead-glaze. Circular with everted rim, and curved sides, standing on a footring. Decorated with William III riding to the left on a rearing horse. He is bewigged, and wears a crown and ermine-lined robe. Above his head are the letters K W. On the right there is a sponged tree; on the left, a low fence and a sponged tree; and in the foreground two low humps, and sponged bushes.The rim is encircled by a yellow line and blue dashes.


History note: Mr Stoner, London from whom purchased for £10 on 7 February 1908 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, Trinity College, Cambridge.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 35.4 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
William III (1750-1702)
Circa 1689 CE - 1702 CE


This image of William III was reproduced frequently on chargers. It was transposed and adapted from an undated engraving by Cornelis van Dalen of Charles I entering Edinburgh. probably made shortly after 1641.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, yellow, brownish-orange, and manganese-purple)
Front composed of tin-glaze ( bluish-white)
Back composed of lead-glaze ( greenish)
Base Diameter 10.7 cm

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Buff earthenware, moulded over a hump mould, the front tin-glazed bluish-white and painted in blue, yellow, brownish-orange, and manganese-purple, and sponged in blue; the back, covered with a pale slip and greenish lead-glaze which has extensive crawling

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: K W
  • Location: On front
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1631-1928
Primary reference Number: 72355
Old object number: 2751
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 8 August 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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