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Mounted Officer: C.825-1928

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Mounted Officer


Maker: Unidentified Staffordshire factory




Creamware figure of a mounted officer decorated with metallic oxides under lead glaze. The royal cipher 'GR' is on his holster.

Dark cream earthenware, press-moulded, and mottled and streaked under lead-glaze with green, yellow and brown oxide colours. The horse and rider are supported on a high rectangular base with sloping fluted sides, vertically striped in the three colours, and having a yellow and a green circle on the top below the horse. It is hollow underneath and unglazed except for a narrow band round the lower edge. The officer is seated in an upright commanding posture. He originally held a sword in his extended right arm, and holds the reigns in his left hand. He wears a plumed tricorne hat touched with brown and yellow, a short curled wig with a queue at the back, a mottled brown jacket with green pleats and buttons, a cream waistcoat with a sash and Garter Star, breeches with green buttons, and mottled brown boots. A green scabbard for his sword is suspended on his left side. The saddle cloth has an incised border pattern coloured green. A holster incised 'GR/X' hangs on the right side of the saddle.


History note: R.V. Asser; sold 7-8 May 1909, The Tower, Belvedere Park, Kent. By order of the executors of the late R.V. Asser Esq., one of four equestrian figures in the same lot; bought by an unidentified dealer who sold two to Sergeant & Fisher, London, from whom bought for £60 on 24 May 1909 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge.

Legal notes

J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 26 cm
Length: 16.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


Circa 1760 - 1775

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Surface composed of lead-glaze

Materials used in production

cream Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Dark cream earthenware, press-moulded, and mottled and streaked with green, yellow and brown oxide colours under lead-glaze

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: GR
  • Method of creation: Impressed

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.825-1928
Primary reference Number: 138505
Old object number: 3053
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 13 June 2023 Last processed: Tuesday 17 October 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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