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Dish: C.2482-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Production: Unidentified Delft factory




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in shades of purplish-blue with half-length portraits of William III and Mary II both crowned, under a curtain with cords and tassels, and an inscription below; on the reverse, alternating circles and raidal strokes

Buff earthenware, tin-glazed and painted in shades of purplish-blue; the glaze on the reverse is greyish-white. Circular with deep curved sides and everted rim, standing on a wide footring pierced by a suspension hole. The front is decorated with half-length portraits of William III and Mary II, both crowned, under a draped curtain with tassels on cords dangling between the monarchs. Below them is a horizontal band inscribed ':K.W.D.3.' a four petalled motif '.M.S.K.I.K.V.G.B.T.' The rim is encircled by a band. The reverse is decorated on the sides with alternating radiating strokes and circles, eight of each.


History note: Christie's, 3 December 1909, one of two items in lot 202; purchased for £6.6s. by Mr Stoner with 10% commission on behalf of Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 29.6 cm
Height: 5.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Delft ⪼ Holland ⪼ 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
William III and Mary II
Circa 1689 CE - 1694 CE


The initials below the figures stand for Koning Willem de 3, and Maria Stuart Koningin I Groot Britannien

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high temperature colour ( in blue derived from cobalt oxide)
Footring Diameter 18 cm

Materials used in production

bluish-white Tin-glaze
buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: the points are raised to half way up the letters; there is a four-petalled motif between the two inscriptions

  • Text: : K.W.D.3. .M.S.K.I.V.G.B.T.
  • Location: On front
  • Method of creation: Painted in purplish-blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2482-1928
Primary reference Number: 73578
Old object number: 3094
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 3 October 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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