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Boy on a Wine Vat: EC.17-1945

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Boy on a Wine Vat


Factory: Capodimonte Porcelain Factory




Glazed soft-paste porcelain

Creamy-white soft-paste porcelain, the figure press-moulded, the vat probably thrown and turned, covered with clear glaze. The little boy is seated on top of the barrel with his left leg forward and his left hand resting on its calf. He holds a bottle in his right hand and leans forward, as if becoming sleepy. He has tousled hair and wears a frill around his neck, and open-necked shirt and breeches. The vat stands on four rectangular feet. Its sides are incised to resemble staves and near the top and the bottom has a band of reeding. Low down on the front there is a closed trap for a spigot, kept shut by a short bar through a loop.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Louis C.G. Clarke, MA

Measurements and weight

Height: 19.6 cm
Width: 11.3 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Capodimonte ⪼ Kingdom of the Two Sicilies ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1945-07-20) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray


18th Century, Mid
Production date: circa AD 1755

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work


Materials used in production

presumed lead-glaze Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.17-1945
Primary reference Number: 162530
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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