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Fallow Deer: C.18-2008

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Fallow Deer


Factory: Josiah Wedgwood & Sons Ltd
Modeller: Skeaping, John




Earthenware slip-cast in one piece and glaze cream overall.A stylized fallow deer standing in profile to the viewer’s left, turning its head round to its left to lick its flank. The spaces between its leg are solid and filled by small bushes in relief.The base is a narrow straight-sided rectangle with slightly bowed sides on the front and back


History note: Richard Harnett Cambridge the donor's father; the donor's mother (d. 2005)

Legal notes

Given by Clare Cambridge in memory of her parents

Measurements and weight

Height: 18.7 cm
Width: 19.7 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Hanley ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2008) by Cambridge, Clare


Second quarter of 20th century
Circa 1927 CE - 1939 CE


John Rattenbury Skeaping, R.A. (1901 – 1980) was an English sculptor and equine painter. A leading figure in the move to ‘direct carving’, using the process of carving to suggest the final form, he was closely associated with Henry Moore, Richard Bedford and Barbara Hepworth (to whom he was married from 1925-1933).

Skeaping modelled fourteen animal figures for Wedgwood in 1926. Ten were made, from 1927.

School or Style

Art Deco

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Base Width 18.7 cm

Materials used in production

cream Glaze

Techniques used in production

Slip-casting : Earthenware, slip-cast and glazed cream

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: ‘J SKEAPING’ and ‘WEDGWOOD’
  • Location: On viewer's right end of exteror
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Location: On underside of front edge of base
  • Method of creation: Printed in black
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: 3451
  • Location: On underside of right front corner of base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black crayon or pencil
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.18-2008
Primary reference Number: 162541
Entry form: 994
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 31 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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