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The inscriptions on the lid can be translated 'the gift of Thomas Clerke, gentleman' and 'loving cup in eternal memory WW'. Commemorative inscriptions of this nature are relatively uncommon on seventeenth-century plate bequeathed to individuals.
Information derived from T. Schroder, British and Continental Gold and Silver in the Ashmolean (2009)
Material and technique
stoneware, salt-glazed, blue and grey with silver mounts
Dimensions23.2 cm (height)
No. of items
Gift of Gerald Reitlinger, 1978.
Museum locationSecond floor | Gallery 40 | European Ceramics
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Glossary of terms
Ceramic material made of clay which is fired to a temperature of c.1200-1300⁰c and is often buff or grey in colour.
Schroder, Timothy, British and Continental Gold and Silver in the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, 2009), 11