Thomas Toft / Dish / 17th century (ca. 1680)Thomas Toft
17th century (ca. 1680)

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Creator Name: Toft, Thomas
Creator Role: Maker
Creator Dates/Places: working before 1663-died 1689
Creator Name-CRT: Thomas Toft
Title: Dish
Title Type: Object name
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Creation Start Date: 1670
Creation End Date: 1689
Creation Date: 17th century (ca. 1680)
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Ceramics-Pottery
Materials and Techniques: Slipware
Dimensions: H. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm), Diam. 19 3/4 in. (50.2 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 24.241.2
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1924

There are numerous large dishes from the late seventeenth century inscribed with the name Thomas Toft. This North Staffordshire potter, possibly of Scandinavian origin, used traditional pottery techniques but more ambitiously than any potter up to that time. Here, a white clay slip was applied over the upper surface of the charger; the design was then drawn and filled in with dark brown and orange red clay slips. The honey-colored lead glaze was applied to only this decorated surface, not to the underside, turning the stark white ground a pale yellow and harmonizing with the earth colors of the design. A lion and a unicorn, supporters of the royal coat of arms of England and Scotland, are rampant to each side of a spreading oak tree enclosing a young face by its spreading branches, with the letters 'CR,' for Charles Rex, below. This reference is to a popular true story that Charles II related to Samuel Pepys in 1680. After his defeat at the battle of Worcester in 1651, the young king climbed into an oak in Boscobel Wood to escape OIiver Cromwell's soldiers, and one of the men passed directly beneath the tree in which he was hiding.

AMICA ID: MMA_.24.241.2
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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