A STAFFORDSHIRE SLIPWARE ROYAL PORTRAIT DISH OF CHARLES II BY RALPH SIMPSON
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A STAFFORDSHIRE SLIPWARE ROYAL PORTRAIT DISH OF CHARLES II BY RALPH SIMPSON

CIRCA 1685

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A STAFFORDSHIRE SLIPWARE ROYAL PORTRAIT DISH OF CHARLES II BY RALPH SIMPSON
CIRCA 1685
The cream-coloured ground decorated in dark-brown and light-brown slip with a full-length portrait of the King, crowned and wearing his coronation robes, flanked by the initials CR and demi-flowerhead and leaf-ornament within linked navette-shaped panels and a trellis-pattern border reserved with the name RALPH·SIMPSON (hairline crack to rim at 10 o'clock, small areas of restoration to rim, slight flaking)
17¼ in. (43.8 cm.) diam.
Provenance
Bryan Harland; Sotheby's; London, 11-12 February, 1931, lot 140.
Anonymous; Sotheby's, London, 23 May 1974, lot 56.
Literature
Ronald Cooper, 'Reflections on English Slipware', The Connoisseur, 209, no. 840, February 1982, p. 139, no. 15.
Leslie B. Grigsby, The Longridge Catalogue, Vol. I, S5.
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VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 20% on the buyer's premium.

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Lot Essay

See Leslie B. Grigsby, English Slip-Decorated Earthenware at Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Virginia, 1993, p. 48, pl. 55, for a similar dish by Simpson painted with a full-length portrait and flanked by the initials GR, probably for George I. The author also suggests that this initial may also stand for Gulielmus Rex, indicating that the portrait may represent William III.

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