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St Andrew: C.882-1928

Object information

Current Location: In storage


St Andrew


Production: Unidentified Staffordshire factory




Earthenware with blue-tinted lead-glaze, painted in enamels, and inscribed 'St Andrew' (t raised) in red on the front of the square pedestal

White earthenware, moulded, covered overall with blue-tinted lead-glaze and painted in turquoise, pale yellow, flesh pink, dark pink, red, brown, dark reddish-brown, grey, and a black enamels. The hollow square base has a ventilation hole in the centre of the top. Its exterior has a moulding at the top and bottom of the sides, three of which are decorated with a patera coloured turquoise on the two sides, and dark pink and turquoise on the front. Dark reddish-brown lines run round the top edge, half way up the edge of the lower moulding, and in a rectangle around the patera on the front. Within that panel the words 'St' (t raised) 'Andrew' are inscribed in red on either side of the patera. The Saint stands with his right foot advanced, supporting the cross behind him with his right hand and holding his cloak with his right. He has grey hair and beard, and wears a pale yellow calf-length robe, over which is a bluish-white cloak scattered with red floral sprigs, draped around his shoulders at the back and held up at the front by a brooch on his left shoulder. Hanging below it at the back, he has a long turquoise cloak with a mottled dark pink lining. His sandals are dark reddish-brown.


History note: Found in Portugal by the London dealer, Mr Stoner (probably Frank), who sold it on 15 December 1923 for £12 to Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 38 cm
Width: 14 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Late
George III
Circa 1790 - 1800


This is one of a series of figures of Saints on high pedestals decorated with paterae, probably made by Ralph Wood II or III of Burslem. The others include St Phillip, St John, St Paul, and St Peter (in the Fitzwilliam).

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Surface composed of lead-glaze ( slightly blue tinted)
Decoration composed of enamel ( turquoise, pale yellow, flesh pink, dark pink, red, brown, dark reddish-brown, grey, and a black)
Base Width 9.8 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: t of St is raised

  • Text: St Andrew
  • Location: On front of pedestal
  • Method of creation: Painted in red enamel
  • Type: Title

Inscription present: rectangular white paper label with cut corners and a dark blue line round the five upper sides

  • Text: No 4222/Staffordshire/figure of St/Andrew on/square plinth//b. in London/Dec 15, 1919/came from/Portugal
  • Location: On inside back wall of pedestal
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label
  • Text: A16
  • Location: On inside of back wall of pedestal
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black biro
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.882-1928
Primary reference Number: 168441
Old object number: 4222
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 9 May 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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