William and Mary English Delftware Octagonal Plate
A rare English delftware octagonal plate, probably Bristol or Brislington. Blue and white painted with the portrait of William III, half length and crowned wearing an ermine robe, flanked by initials WR, within a circular border of flower heads and husks. The reverse with blue / white slip and lead glaze.
Double portrait plates of William and Mary are relatively common, however small plates with the individual monarch are rare. A similar example of a small octagonal plate painted with the portrait of Mary II from the Lewis L. Lipski collection (sale Sotheby's, London, 17th November 1981, lot 260) suggests that this type of plate dates from the years of their joint rule 1689–1694. A similar Queen Mary fluted dish is in the collection at Historic Deerfield, see Amanda E. Lange, Delftware at Historic Deerfield, Deerfield, 2001, p.104 pl. 61.