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Charles II and Catherine of Braganza

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Charles II and Catherine of Braganza


Toft, Thomas [ULAN info: English potter, act.1663-1689]


J.W.L. Glaisher


lead-glazed earthenware




Dish. Earthenware, thrown, the front coated with white slip, and slip-trailed in two shades of brown under lead-glaze; reverse unglazed. Circular with a broad rim, deep sides, and almost flat centre. Decorated in the middle with busts of a woman with her hair dressed in ringlets and wearing a necklace and a crown, and a man with a long wig, probably Catherine of Braganza and Charles I. Above and between their heads is a rosette, and below, a winged motif. The sides of the well are decorated with a zig-zag slightly curved line forming triangles, and the rim has a trellis border, broken at the bottom by a rectangular panel enclosing the name THOMAS.TOFT

Production Place

Staffordshire (county)

England (country)

Technique Description

earthenware, thrown, slip-coated, slip-trailed, and lead-glazed


height: (whole): cm
diameter: (whole): 42.5 cm


Charles I
17th Century


circa 1662 to 1685


bequeathed: Glaisher, J.W.L., Dr 1928 (Filtered for: Applied Arts collection)

Hodgkin Collection; purchased in London in 1913

Dr. J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest


  1. maker's name
    Position: on front
    Method: slip-trailing
    Content: THOMAS.TOFT
    Interpretation: probably the potter's name


  1. Rackham, Bernard (1935 (reprinted Antique Collectors' Club, Woodbridge, 1987)) Catalogue of the Glaisher Collection of Pottery and Porcelain in the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Press [page: 35]
    [comments: Publ. Vol. I, p. 35, no. 207, vol. II, pl. 19A]
  2. Cooper, Ronald Glanville (1968) English Slipware Dishes 1650-1850, London: Tiranti [page: 69]
    [comments: Publ. p. 69, no. 8, and pl. 119. For other Thomas Toft dishes, see pp. 66-70]
  3. Poole, Julia E. (1995) Fitzwilliam Museum Handbooks, English Pottery, Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Press [page: 30-31]
    [comments: Publ. pp. 30-31, no. 10]
  4. (2005) Treasures of the Fitzwilliam Museum, London: Scala [page: 144]
    [comments: Publ.]

Other Notes

Accession Number

C.207-1928 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 73072; Input Date: 2004-03-11 / Last Edit: 2005-03-11)

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