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A Lady Reading: C.3-2013

Object information

Current Location: In storage


A Lady Reading


Potter: Blackman, Audrey




Biscuit porcelain formed by the rolled pottery technique and decorated with flesh-toned, and thin brown slips, and black pigment. The lady sits on a stool with her left foot crossed over the right. She is reading a letter hand-written in black on both sides of a long piece of paper which she holds with both hands. She has very short black hair and wears a small round hat with a narrow upturned edge, brown shoes, and a low-necked dress with voluminous slashed sleeves, and a skirt made up of swirling strips decorated with pale brown and flesh-toned stylized floral motifs. Round the waist it has a belt made up of three oval medallions on the back and three on the front, of which the central medallion of each group is larger than the others. The figure is supported on a shallow, rounded rectangular base coated with flesh-toned slip on the top, and signed in black pigment 'A.Blackman. 1957. Op. 18.'

Legal notes

Given by the Seligman family in memory of their parents, Madron and Nancy-Joan Seligman

Measurements and weight

Depth: 13.6 cm
Height: 18 cm
Width: 20 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2013-06-10) by Seligman, Lincoln Seligman, Olivia Seligman, Roderick Seligman, Dominic


20th Century, third quarter#
Elizabeth II
Production date: dated AD 1957

Components of the work

Decoration composed of ceramic pigment ( black) slip ( pinkish flesh tone, brown)

Materials used in production

a porcelain developed specially for modelling of figures by Audrey Blackman Porcelain

Techniques used in production

Hand-modelling : Porcelain, hand-modelled using the rolled pottery technique, coated with pinkish flesh toned slip on the top of the base, stool, head and shoulders, arms and hands, and painted in thin brown slip (?) and black pigment

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: A. Blackman. 1957. Op. 18.
  • Location: On top of base
  • Method of creation: Painted in black pigment
  • Type: Signature and date

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3-2013
Primary reference Number: 197252
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 13 August 2013 Updated: Tuesday 16 August 2016 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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