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Dish: C.2642B-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Production: Unidentified




Tin-glazed earthenware dish painted in blue, green, yellow and greyish-dark blue with a bust of William III and a wreath of tulips, daisies and foliage

Pale buff earthenware, moulded, tin-glazed, and painted in blue, green, yellow with greyish-dark blue outlines. The dish is circular with twenty scallops round the everted edge, deep gadrooned sides and convex centre, and stands on a footring. The middle is painted with a half-length bust of King William III with below, a spray of blue foliage bearing yellow tulips which projects on each side of him. The letters K and W are written on either side of his head. The rim is encircled by a wreath of stylized yellow tulips, white daisies with green centres, and blue and green leaves. On the underside of the rim there are three very small peg marks.


History note: Bought in Croydon, London, about 1896 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 21.5 cm
Height: 4.3 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 (1750-1702)
Circa 1690 CE - 1700 CE


Dishes with gadrooned or lobed sides and wavy edges were imported into the Netherlands from Italy in the late 16th century, and were made in the Northern Netherlands in large quantities during the 17th century. Many of them were sold undecorated. This is one of a common group decorated with rather crudely-drawn busts of William III and Mary II, or one or other monarch, surrounded by a wreath of stylized tulips and other flowers. They vary in size and colouring. For further examples, see Fitzwilliam Museum, accession numbers, C2633-1928 to C.2643-1928.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, green, yellow, and greyish-dark blue)

Materials used in production

bluish-white Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Pale buff earthenware, moulded, tin-glazed bluish-white and painted in blue, ghreen, and yellow with greyish-dark blue outlines

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 2
  • Location: Inside footring
  • Method of creation: Painted in greyish-dark blue
  • Type: Number

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2642B-1928
Primary reference Number: 73844
Old object number: 81
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

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

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