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Sultan: C.16-1947

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)




Factory: Imperial Porcelain Factory




Hard-paste porcelain, painted in enamels

Hard-paste porcelain, moulded, glazed, and painted in pale turquoise-green, yellow, pink, flesh-pink, mauve, red, brown, and a little black enamel. The underside has a glazed depression in the centre. The Turk stands on a shallow straight-sided rectangular base dappled here and there in pale brown. He steps forward on his right foot, and holds his right hand on his hip and has his left hand stretched out in front. He has greyish brown brows and moustache, and wears a tall yellow hat which conceals his hair. He is dressed in a pale mauve long-sleeved coat with a darker mauve lining, a brown sash with a black dagger hilt projecting above it, a long pale green coat with short sleeves, and a pink lining, baggy yellow trousers, and red shoes.

Legal notes

Given by L.C.G. Clarke

Measurements and weight

Depth: 8.5 cm
Height: 15.4 cm
Width: 6.2 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • St Petersburg ⪼ Russia

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1947-11) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray


3rd quarter 18th Century
Production date: circa AD 1770

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( pale turquoise-green, yellow, pink, flesh-pink, mauve, red, brown, and a little black)

Materials used in production

clear; except for underside of edge of base Glaze
Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Hard-paste porcelain, moulded, glazed, and painted overglaze in pale turquoise-green, yellow, pink, flesh-pink, mauve, red, brown, and black enamels
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: script EII
  • Location: On middle of base
  • Method of creation: Painted underglaze in blue
  • Type: Factory mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.16-1947
Primary reference Number: 140137
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 18 August 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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