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Tin-glazed earthenware charger with off-white glaze (greyish on the back) decorated in blue, ochre, yellow, green and manganese, inscribed 'THE ROSE IS RED THE LEAVES ARE GRENE GOD SAVE ELIZABETH OUR QUEENE' and dated 1600. The rim has a blue-dash edge and the flange is decorated with arabesques on an ochre ground. It is the earliest dated and commemorative piece of English delftware, and the earliest known with an English inscription. The central scene depicting a fanciful cityscape of towers and turrets, crenellated walls and a jumble of gabled buildings is generally considered to be a visualization of the City of London or the Tower of London with the moat or river in the foreground.
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