Celtic mythology, £8.99
Diameter: 26.000 cm
Gift of Alexander Christy (1890)
M&ME Pottery catalogue E.113
Room 46: Europe 1400-1800
Delftware punch bowl with a portrait of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, the Young Pretender
England, Probably from Liverpool, dated AD 1749
'Bonnie Prince Charlie'
Prince Charles Edward Stuart, 'Bonnie Prince Charlie' (1720-88) lived in exile in Italy, with his father, James Francis Edward Stuart (1688-1768), the 'Old Pretender'. James, the last male Stuart monarch and staunch Roman Catholic, had been expelled following the Protestant 'Glorious Revolution' of 1688. Following the failed uprising and attempted restoration of 1715, encouraged by Jacobite sympathies throughout England and the Continent, the Young Pretender prepared for an invasion to claim the throne. The 1745 rebellion was brutally crushed and after defeat in battle at Culloden Moor in 1746, Charles Edward Stuart fled into permanent exile.
Glassware and ceramics decorated with Jacobite portraits and imagery were produced in considerable numbers, especially after 1745, demonstrating continued loyalty to the Jacobite cause.
D.S. Howard, A tale of three cities, exh. cat. (London, Sotheby's, 1997)
Louis L. Lipsky and M. Archer, Dated English Delftware (London, 1984)