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Dish: an Unidentified Cavalier: C.1651-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Dish: an Unidentified Cavalier


Pottery: uncertain (Probably)


  • Dish
  • charger
  • blue-dash charger



Tin-glazed earthenware, painted in blue, pale turquoise-green, yellow, and manganese-purple with a rider mounted on a horse cantering to the left towards a fence; border of a yellow band and blue dashes

Pale buff earthenware, thrown, tin-glazed overall, and painted on the front in blue, pale turquoise-green, yellow, and manganese-purple. Circular with steeply sloping rim and deep curved sides, standing on a wide, shallow footring. The inside is decorated with a man mounted on a horse cantering to the left towards a fence, with greensward in the foreground, and a blue shrub on the viewer's right. The cavalier wears a plumed hat, a sash which streams out behind him, and top boots with spurs. He holds the reigns in his right hand and a baton in his left. The outer edge is encircled by a broad yellow band and short blue dashes. There are three spur marks in the middle of the well.


History note: Unknown before Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity college, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 34.7 cm
Height: 8.9 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, Late-18th Century, Early
William III (1750-1702)
Production date: circa AD 1700


This dish was catalogued by Rackham (1935), as English, but late 20th century opinion veered towards a Friesan attribution. The image appears to be based on a print of an equestrian portrait of William III by T. van Merlen of which there is an example in the British Museum, Department of Prints and Drawings (1848.9.11.353)

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, copper-green, yellow, and manganese-purple)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Pale buff earthenware, moulded, tin-glazed overall, and painted in blue, green, yellow and manganese-purple high temperature colours

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1651-1928
Primary reference Number: 72387
Old object number: 1543
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 24 October 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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