A LONDON DELFT POLYCHROME ROYAL PORTRAIT CAUDLE-CUP OF WILLIAM III
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A LONDON DELFT POLYCHROME ROYAL PORTRAIT CAUDLE-CUP OF WILLIAM III

CIRCA 1689-1702, PROBABLY SOUTHWARK, NORFOLK HOUSE

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A LONDON DELFT POLYCHROME ROYAL PORTRAIT CAUDLE-CUP OF WILLIAM III
CIRCA 1689-1702, PROBABLY SOUTHWARK, NORFOLK HOUSE
Of conventional form, painted in blue, manganese, ochre and orange with a portrait of the King, crowned, bust length, wearing his coronation robes and holding an orb and sceptre, between the initials WR, flanked by columns below an arch (cracked across and restored)
3 in. (7.7 cm.) high
Provenance
Thomas Scholes; Sotheby's, London, 16 January 1962, lot 17.
Anonymous; Christie's, London, 17 April 2000, lot 11.
With Jonathan Horne, London.
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Lot Essay

Caudle-cups are generally made exclusively in the 17th century and are sometimes decorated with royal portraits or the arms of guilds. Lipski and Archer record fourteen dated examples with portraits of Charles II. A similar initialled cup with a portrait of Charles II is in the Victoria & Albert Museum, see Michael Archer, Delftware The Tin-Glazed Earthenware of the British Isles, London, 1997, p. 246, C.9. See also John C. Austin, British Delft at Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Virginia, 1994, p. 103, no. 86 for a related cup with William and Mary. The present example with a portrait of William III alone must be considered relatively rare.

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