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Dish with bust of William III: C.1649-1928

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Dish with bust of William III


Brislington Pottery (Pottery)


Tin-glazed earthenware dish decorated in blue, yellow, and manganese-purple with a bust of William III, initialled K W, and surrounded by a wreath

Reddish-buff earthenware, the front tin-glazed pale blue and painted in blue, yellow, and manganese-purple; the back covered with slightly bluish lead-glaze. Circular with shallow curved sides and everted rim, standing on a footring. Decorated with a full face bust portrait of William III, bewigged and crowned, flanked by the initials 'K' and 'W', and surrounded by a wreath and a manganse circle.


History note: Unknown owner in the West of England; purchased from Mr Stoner, London, for £15 on 31 July 1906 by Dr.J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 34.5 cm
Height: 6.3 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Brislington ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 17th Century
William III and Mary II
William III (1750-1702)
Circa 1690 CE - 1702 1702 CE


During the reign of William III the Brislington pottery was run by Sarah Bennet II from 1679-90 and by her husband Thomas Dickson from 1690 to 1730

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration: composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, yellow, and manganese-purple) Back: composed of lead-glaze ( bluish) Front: composed of tin-glaze ( pale greenish blue) Base: Diameter 12.4 cm

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

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

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1649-1928
Primary reference Number: 72385
Old object number: 2576
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 1 February 2021 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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