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The Imposition of the Chasuble on Saint Ildefonsus: C.2157-1928

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Current Location: In storage


The Imposition of the Chasuble on Saint Ildefonsus


Production: Unidentified Talavera factory
Production: Unidentified Toledo factory




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue, yellow and brownish-orange with the Imposition of the Chasuble on Saint Ildefonsus (San I ldefonso) within a blue border

Buff earthenware, tin-glazed on the front, and painted in blue, yellow, and brownish-orange. Circular with a sloping edge. The Virgin enthroned on the left, and an angel hovering in the air on the right, are lowering a chasuble over Saint Ildefonsus (San Ildefonso), the Archbishop of Toledo who is kneeling with his hands together in prayer. His mitre lies on the gound in front of him. Overhead is half of the sun with beams of light streaming down over the chasuble. A wide blue border encircles the edge.


History note: An unidentified medical Doctor in Toledo, from whom purchased on 4 January 1909 for 15 pesetas (11s. 6d.) by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 22.5 cm
Height: 1.9 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Talavera ⪼ Toledo ⪼ Spain
  • Toledo ⪼ Toledo ⪼ Spain

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century
1700 CE - 1800 CE


San Ildefonso (c. 606-667) was appointed Archbishop of Toledo in 657. He was renowned for his devotion to the Virgin on whom he wrote a treatise. In a vision the Virgin gave him an embroidered chasuble, which on the tile is shown being lowered over his head by the Virgin and an angel. Wall plaques similar to this were used to identify properties belonging to the Chapter of Toledo.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, yellow, brownish-orange)
Front Surface composed of tin-glaze

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2157-1928
Primary reference Number: 76631
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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