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Young man holding a shell dish: C.93-1950

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Young man holding a shell dish


Derby Porcelain Factory (Factory)


Soft-paste porcelain figure of a young man, painted in polychrome enamels and gilt.

Soft-paste porcelain figure of a young man, probably slip-castand painted in pale blue, green, yellow, pale and dark pink, red, and a little brown, and gilt. The edge is partly 'dry-edged'. The middle of the underside is conically concave, and glaze, and in the centre has a circularventilation hole. The edge is unglazed with three patch marks, and three areas where it appears to have adhered to something during firing. The mound base is approximately cirular with a broad tree trunk at the back, and applied yellow and pink flowers and foliage on the top. The man sits on the stump with his right leg advanced slightly, and with both hands holds a shell dish on his thighs. His physique is slender, and he wears his hair tied back in a pale yellow bag with a pink flower on it. He has brown eyes, pale pink cheeks and a red mouth. He wears a white shirt with ruffles at the neck and wrists, a white waistcoat with gold edging and buttons; a white jacket with scattered floral sprays, a pink lining and cuffs, and gold buttons; and pale yellow breeches with gold buttons, knee bands, and a dark green rosette. His shoes are white with red heels and pompoms. The shell has pink edges, and is decorated inside with a floral bouquet, and two detached sprays.


History note: Unknown before Mrs W.D. (Frances Louisa) Dickson

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 17.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Derby ⪼ Derbyshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1950-09) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs


Mid 18th Century
George II
Circa 1753 CE - 1756 CE


This figure is partly dry-edged, but is colouring is of the pale colours family of Derby figures, suggesting a date in the mid 1750s

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( pale blue, green, yellow,pale and dark pink, red, and a little brown) gold Base Width 10 cm

Materials used in production

presumed lead-glaze Lead-glaze Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Soft-paste porcelain, probably slip cast, and painted overglaze in pale blue, green, yellow, pale and dark pink, red, and a little brown enamels, and gilt

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: half of a circular white paper label

  • Text: Derby/c. 1750-
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in red ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.93-1950
Primary reference Number: 133229
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 31 March 2015 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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