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Thetis: EC.52-1943

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)




Factory: Frankenthal Porcelain Factory
Modeller: Linck, Franz Conrad




Hard-paste porcelain, painted in enamels, and silvered; a pair with EC.51-1943

Hard-paste porcelain, moulded, glazed and painted in bluish-green, pale green, green, flesh-pink, pale salmon pink, red, purple, brown, grey and a little black enamel, silvered, and gilded. The glazed underside is open and has a short supporting wall near the front. The approximately oval mound base has a scrolled edge picked out in gold, and on the right has a brown urn spewing forth water. The top is rippled to represent water or seaweed. Thetis stands on her right leg with her left foot resting on the urn. Her head is tilted to her right. She holds a small shell in her left hand which is extended in front of her, and with her right, holds a large shell with a purple interior filled with small shells, coral and seaweed which rests on her right hip. She has long grey hair, black brows and eyes, pink cheeks and red lips. On her head she has a wreath of sea weed with a white shell at the front. Her silver tunic reveals her right breast and arm, and on the top edge has a green turn back or scarf, bound with ropes of pearls. Round her left sleeve she has a matching looped up green scarf. Her white skirt is decorated with narrow gold stripes entwined by stems of stylized flowers, and is looped up to reveal her lower left leg. Attached to the back of her right shoulder by means of a green garland is a long green cloak lined with pale salmon pink with a pale green moss-like edging. Her sandals are also green.


History note: Purchased from Mr (Frank?) Stoner in London on 14 May 1917 with Thetis for £135 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, Trinity College, Cambridge; taken by Mrs W.D. Dickson on his death in accordance with the provisions of his Will.

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 26.5 cm
Width: 15.4 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Frankenthal ⪼ The Palatinate ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1943) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs


18th Century, third quarter
Production date: circa AD 1765



School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel silver

Materials used in production

clear Glaze
Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Hard-paste porcelain, moulded in parts, assembled, glazed, and painted in bluish-green, pale green, green, flesh-pink, pale salmon pink, red, mauve, brown, grey and a little black enamel, silvered Onow oxydized to black), and gilded. The base is open underneath and has a short supporting wall near the front.
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: CT monogram crowned
  • Location: On underside
  • Method of creation: Painted underglaze in blue
  • Type: Factory mark

Inscription present: six in blue and seven in purple

  • Text: 6/7
  • Location: On underside
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue and in purple
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: circular white paper label printed in black round the edge with the wording and hand-written in the middle with the number

  • Text: J.W.L. GLAISHER∙ COLLECTION printed and 5029a handwritten in black ink
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Printed in black and hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.52-1943
Primary reference Number: 140443
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Sunday 18 June 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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