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Thomas Toft Dish

The decoration on this dish features the Duke of York (later James II) and his wife, Anne Hyde, placed above a formalized lily. On the rim there is a trellis pattern, as well as the potter's signature, Thomas Toft.

The dish is made of Staffordshire slip-decorated earthenware and dates to about 1670. Works like this were being produced in the decades just before factory methods were introduced into the pottery industry.

Thomas Toft's son, of the same name, was also a potter. The signature here with two small letter ‘o’s, is believed to be that of Thomas Toft senior.

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Dish by Thomas Toft, 43.4cm in diameter (AN1949.343)

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Eleanor Standley
January 2012