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  • Description

    Dish with flat border; tin-glazed earthenware; flat base; painted on a white ground in blue, green and red with Charles II hiding in the oak tree which is festooned with three crowns and enclosed by initials; blue banding on border and rim; small hole at top on rim.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 18thC(early)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 21.6 centimetres
    • Height: 3.2 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

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  • Curator's comments

    Plates of this form were also made at Bristol, and there and in London were in production throughout the 18th century. In 1651 the future Charles II was defeated at the Battle of Worcester. On one occasion he is said to have evaded capture by hiding in the branches of a large oak tree at Boscobel in Shropshire, an episode commemorated here where his face looks out from the branches which support the crowns of England, Scotland and Ireland.


  • Bibliography

    • Archer 1973 80 bibliographic details
    • Grigsby 2000 D43 bibliographic details
    • Lomax 2013 Fig. 47 bibliographic details
    • Walsham 2011 p. 529, fig. 7.7 bibliographic details
    • Dawson 2010 p. 64, no. 18 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    2005-2006 25 Jul-13 Jan, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
    2005 12 Feb-26 Jun, Newcastle, Hancock Museum, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
    2004-2005 1 Oct-15 Jan, Manchester Museum, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
    2004 30 Apr-21 Sep, Cardiff, National Museums & Galleries of Wales, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
    2003-2004 21 Nov-14 Mar, London, BM, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past

  • Condition

    Glaze losses to rim and hole drilled for supension - August 2006.

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  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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