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Chinese Boy: C.20-1973

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Chinese Boy


Factory: Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory




Glazed soft-paste porcelain. Standing figure of a Chinese boy, with a double gourd on his back.

Soft-paste porcelain with clear glaze which appears turquoise green where it lies thickly in his mouth and behind his neck next to the gourd. The boy stands on a rectangular base. He holds a double gourd over his left shoulder. His head is uptilted and he appears to be laughing or singing


History note: From the collection of Dr and Mrs Hugh Statham; Dr Statham died 1967; Mrs Statham died 1970. Purchased with the Cunliffe Fund and grant-in-aid from the Victoria and Albert Museum

Legal notes

Purchased with the Cunliffe Fund and Grant-in-Aid from the Victoria and Albert Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 15.0 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Chelsea ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1973-05-03)


18th Century, Mid
George II
Raised anchor period (1749-1752)
Circa 1750 CE - 1752 CE

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Soft-paste porcelain, moulded and glazed
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: raised anchor
  • Location: Back
  • Type: Factory mark

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.20-1973
Primary reference Number: 137256
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 29 September 2016 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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