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Catherine of Braganza: C.1642-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Catherine of Braganza


Pottery: Brislington Pottery
Artist: Stoop, Dirck (After)
Printmaker: Faithorne, William (Probably after)




Tin-glazed earthenware dish painted in blue and yellow with a bust of Catherine of Braganza, initialled and dated 'K R' over '1682'. Border of stylized plants with buds.

Buff earthenware, the front tin-glazed and painted in blue and yellow; the back covered with bluish lead-glaze. Circular with a wide sloping rim, and shallow well, standing on a footring. Decorated in the middle with a bust portrait of Catherine of Braganza flanked by 'K' and 'R'; over '16' and '82'. The edge of the well is encircled by two blue concentric circles and there are two more round the outer edge of the rim. Between them is a border of four stylized plants with yellow and blue buds pointing outwards, alternating with four smaller plants with buds pointing round the rim.


History note: Mr Huggins, from whom purchased in 1893 by Mortlock & Co, Oxford Street, London; purchased from Mortlock's for £75 on 10 June 1907 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 34.4 cm
Height: 7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Brislington ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England
  • London ⪼ United Provinces of the Netherlands

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, Late
Charles II
Production date: dated AD 1682


Catherine married Charles II in 1662.

The bust shows the Queen with the Iberian hairstyle she has in a three-quarter-length portrait of about 1660-61 by or after Dirck Stoop (1610-86) which is in the National Portrait Gallery, London, (NPG 2563). The large round curl over her forehead in the painting appears to have been misinterpreted as a small hat. The image on the dish may have been after a print engraved by William Faithorne after Stoop, published in 1661.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue and yellow)
Back composed of lead-glaze
Front composed of tin-glaze

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: K R over 1682
  • Location: On the front
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1642-1928
Primary reference Number: 72376
Old object number: 2699
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 16 February 2021 Last processed: Friday 16 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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