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The Head of Charles II in an Oak Tree: C.216-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


The Head of Charles II in an Oak Tree


Potter: Talor, William




Earthenware, slip-coated, slip-trailed and lea-glazed; Charles II's head in the Boscobel Oak flanked by a lion and a unicorn

Pale red arthenware, thrown, and coated on the front with pale cream slip, and slip-trailed in dark red-brown, pale orange and pale cream slips under yellow lead-glaze. The reverse is unglazed. Circular with a broad slightly sloping rim, concave sides, and flat central area. The well is decorated with the head of Charles II in the Boscobel Oak flanked by a lion rampant and a unicorn. On the rim there is a trellis border with a panel at the bottom containing the name 'WILLIAM TALOR'.


History note: The wife of Mr Guy Francis of Wynne’s Park, Denbigh; sold by Mr Francis to Mr Stoner who sold it on 13 December 1910 for £90 to Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Width: 44 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 17th Century
Charles II
Circa 1660 CE - 1680 CE

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of slip ( cream, dark red-brown, pale red)
Front composed of lead-glaze

Materials used in production

pale red Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Red earthenware, thrown, coated in cream slip, slip-trailed in cream, dark red-brown, and pale orange slips, and lead-glazed

Inscription or legends present

  • Location: On rim
  • Method of creation: Slip-trailed
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.216-1928
Primary reference Number: 73169
Old object nu ber: 3325
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 6 February 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 11 January 2023

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

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