A Staffordshire slipware dish, circa 1689-95
Lot 13
A Staffordshire slipware dish, circa 1689-95
Sold for £39,650 (US$ 66,644) inc. premium
Lot Details
A Staffordshire slipware dish, circa 1689-95
The pale-ochre ground decorated in light-brown slip, outlined in dark-brown with cream dot-ornament with full length portraits of William III and Queen Mary, the King in coronation robes, the Queen holding a fan-like flower, framed by leaf-like ornaments, the trellis border in light and dark brown slip inscribed GOD:BLESS:K:W:A:q:M, highlighted with cream slip dots, 40.5cm diam (cracked)


  • Provenance: Mr and Mrs Frank Freeth collection
    Frank Falkner Collection and by descent to the present owner

    Literature: Illustrated in the Freeth collection catalogue, Old English pottery (1896), p.80, no.14
    Mentioned by Frank Freeth in his article, A Remarkable Toft Dish, The Connoisseur Vol.XV (1906), p.131
    Mentioned by George Woolliscroft Rhead, The Collection of Slip Wares formed by Dr. J. W. L. Glaisher, The Connoisseur Vol.XXXIII (1912) p.80
    Mentioned by Leslie B. Grigsby (2000), The Longridge collection, Volume 1., p.58, 'On one unsigned, unusual dish inscribed "GOD BLESS KW & QM" and showing the royal couple, she stands to the king's right and rests one hand on her hip.'

    Mr Frank Freeth was elected president of the 'The Ceramic and Art Collector's Society' in 1901.

    A closely related unsigned slipware dish depicting William III and Queen Mary with the trellis border inscribed GOD:SAVE:VS:ALL was purchased by J.W.L Glaisher in 1911 and bequeathed to the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge in 1928, object Number C.220-1928. See Bernard Rackham, The Glaisher Collection (1935), Vol. I, p. 37, no. 220. An illustration of this dish by C.J. Lomax is reproduced by Ronald G. Cooper in English Slipware Dishes (1968) p.56, fig.45. The treatment of the figures and lettering suggest that this dish is almost certainly by the same hand as the present lot.

    A third dish depicting William and Mary, signed by Thomas Sanford, from the Longridge collection was sold by Christie's 10 June 2010, lot 1016, illustrated by Grigsby (2000) Vol.I, fig.S6. The figure of the King and cloud motifs are very similar to the present lot and it is possible the Falkner dish may also be the work of Thomas Sanford. A further related dish, inscribed THIS:FOR:W:F:1691, is possibly by the same hand. This specimen, sold by Christie's 8 November 1999, lot 5 bears the initials W S within the decoration and therefore has been attributed to William Simpson. There are some similarities in the decoration to the present lot and so if the WS initials do relate to the potter, we must also consider William Simpson as a possible maker for the present lot
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