I just wanted to share these beautiful commemorative dishes I discovered on a recent visit to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, England. These tin-glazed earthenware (or delftware) pieces were created in celebration of Charles II's coronation in 1661, and would have been made at one of the main manufacturing sites in London or Bristol. Typical of the time their decoration is fairly unrefined, the bottom dish in particular shows a very crude representation of Charles, however I think they have their own unique charm. The development of English pottery techniques and style is very apparent in the museum's pottery gallery, as you walk round the room you can see the items in each cabinet morphing into more refined and elaborate styles throughout the centuries. There is something very special about getting up close and personal with objects from the period you're researching, I highly recommend it. Birmingham is a lovely museum, definitely worth a look if you are ever in the area, it also holds items from the Staffordshire Hoard and a fantastic Pre-Raphaelite collection.
(Photographs taken by me, 28 January 2013)
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