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Market Woman: C.6-1970

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Market Woman
Cabbage Seller


Factory: Vauxhall Porcelain Factory (Probably)
Factory: Longton Hall Porcelain Manufactory (Former attribution)
Proprietor: Littler, William (Former attribution)




Soft-paste porcelain figure of a market woman selling cabbages, standing on a scrolled base, painted in enamels

Soft-paste porcelain figure of a market woman, appearing greyish-white, slip-cast with hand-modelled details, lead-glazed, and painted underglaze in 'Littler's blue', and onglaze in green, yellow, two shades of puce-pink, a little orange-red, and reddish-brown enamels. The unglazed underside is uneven, and has a circular ventilation hole which opens into a larger oval depression. The irregularly shaped mound base has two curved rocaille frills across the front, and a tall rock at the back. The market woman stands on her left leg with her right foot crossed over her left, and leans against the rock on her right upper arm. She holds a knife in her right hand, and has a cabbage under her left arm. By her feet on the viewer's left there is an applied flower, and a basket filled with cabbages, asparagus and carrots. The woman has ruddy cheeks, red lips and brown hair drawn back loosely into a chignon at the back. Her bodice is yellow with pink outlining on the stomacher. She has a yellow shawl and a pink floral patterned scarf round her shoulders and tucked into a blue strap across the top of her stomacher. Her pink skirt is scattered with darker pink daisies. Her apron is blue, and her shoes are yellow. The cabbage under her arm is green, the flower on the ground is orange-red, and the basket is brown with naturalistically coloured vegetables. The base has a pink and a green frill, and the rock is green.


History note: Dr and Mrs Hugh Statham; Dr Statham died 1967; Mrs Margaret Statham died 1970

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Mrs M. Statham

Measurements and weight

Height: 19.7 cm
Width: 10.6 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Vauxhall ⪼ Surrey ⪼ England
  • Longton Hall ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1970-10-15) by Statham, Margaret


18th Century, Mid
George II
Circa 1756 CE - 1760 CE


This figure was formerly attributed to Longton Hall, but has been reattributed probably to Vauxhall, see Documentation, Massey, 2014

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of underglaze cobalt-blue ( 'Littler's blue') enamels ( green, yellow, two shades of puce-pink, a little orange-red, and reddish-brown)

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Slip-casting : Soft-paste porcelain, slip-cast, lead-glazed, and painted underglaze in 'Littler's blue', and onglaze in green, yellow, two shades of puce-pink, a little orange-red, and reddish-brown enamels.
Glazing (coating)

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.6-1970
Primary reference Number: 39503
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 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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