17 April 2000
A London delft polychrome Royalist caudle-cup
With loop handle, painted in blue, ochre and manganese with a half-length portrait of William III in his coronation robes holding his orb and sceptre and half-turned to the right, flanked by the initials W R and by two columns forming an arch (cracked through the portrait and above the handle at the back, flaking to rim)
3 in. (7.5 cm.) high
Thomas Scholes, sale Sotheby's, 16 January 1962, lot 17.
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It would seem that no dated caudle-cups commemorating William III are known; even those showing him with Queen Mary are not usually dated.
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