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Tin-glazed and painted earthenware deep sided plate decorated with a half-length bust of William III surrounded by

Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue, green, and yellow with greyish-dark blue outlines. Circular with a wavy, gadrooned (16 lobes), and everted rim, deep sides and fluted centre, standing on a footring. In the middle is a half-length figure of William III wearing a crown and wig, with below, a spray of leaves which projects on either side of him. The rim is encircled by a continuous stem bearing blue and green leaves and four stylized yellow tulips. There is a peg mark and the remains of two others on the underside of the rim.


History note: Mr Blake, Wincanton, who sent it on approval to Cambridge, where purchased for £2.10s.0d. on 13 January 2017 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 16.2 cm
Height: 3.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Delft ⪼ Holland ⪼ Netherlands

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 17th Century
Circa 1689 CE - 1702 1702 CE


Dishes and plates various fluted and lobed forms were imported into the Netherlands from Italy in the late 16th century and were produced in large numbers in the Netherlands during the 17th century.

When acquired by Glaisher the dish was believed to have been made in Wincanton in Somerset.

School or Style


Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

pale buff Earthenware white Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Moulded : Pale buff earthenware, moulded, tin-glazed and painted in blue, green, yellow, and greyish-dark blue

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 20
  • Location: On back
  • Method of creation: Painted in greyish-dark blue
  • Number
  • Text: No 3865/Small coloured/delft plate with/portrait of King/William Came/from Wincanton/b. Jan 14, 1917
  • Location: On back
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in blue-black ink
  • Label
  • Text: G.3865
  • Location: On back
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink and varnished over
  • Number

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2643-1928
Primary reference Number: 73845
Old object number: 3865
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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