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Plate: C.27-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Production: Unidentified Staffordshire factory




Pearlware plate with a floral border in relief, and well transfer-printed and painted underglaze with a bust portrait in profile to right of Queen Caroline, with below, the words, 'Long Live Queen Caroline'

White earthenware, moulded with a border in relief, transfer-printed in black, and painted in green, yellow and orange under lead-glaze which is tinted very pale greyish-blue (pearlware). The circular plate has a narrow sloping rim with a border of relief alternating roses and daisies linked by a wavy stem with a small flower between each of the others. The well has curved sides and a flat centre, and is transfer-printed with a bust portrait in profile to right of Queen Caroline wearing a high-crowned hat decorated with green, yellow and orange feathers, over a white bonnet with frills at the side, and a coat. On either side of her there are large oval leaves. Below in black are the words, 'Long Live Queen Caroline'.


History note: Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 15.6 cm
Height: 1.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Early 19th Century
George IV
Circa 1820 CE - 1821 CE


A similar plate with the portrait printed underglaze in blue is in the Willett collection in Brighton Museum.

Caroline of Brunswick (1768-1821), married her cousin, the future George IV, in 1795, and was Queen from 1820 to her death in 1821. The couple separated after the birth of Princess Charlotte in January 1796. After her daughter's death in 1817, and George IV's accession to the throne, Princess Caroline returned to England. She refused to be divorced from her husband, and became extremely popular with the masses. George IV failed to obtain a divorce through Parliament and barred her from his coronation in July 1821, which made her more popular still. She died a few weeks later, on 7 August, and was taken back to Brunswick for burial.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( green, yellow and orange) ceramic printing colour

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : White earthenware, moulded with a relief border on the rim, transfer-printed in black and painted in green, yellow and orange under lead-glaze

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: J.W.L. GLAISHER COLLECTION printed and 96/28 hand-written
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Printed in black and hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.27-1928
Primary reference Number: 73957
Old object number: C.96-1928
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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