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Actress in Turkish Costume: C.3027-1928

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Actress in Turkish Costume


Factory: Bow Porcelain Manufactory
Modeller: 'The Muses Modeller'




Soft-paste porcelain figure of an Actress in Turkish Costume.

Soft-paste porcelain containing bone ash, press-moulded, and covered with lead-glaze, appearing yellowish-white. The base has a roughly circular ventilation hole which extends into the figure. The shallow, square base is deeper at the front than at the back. The actress stands with her right hand resting on her chest, and her left arm bent at the elbow and extended towards the front. She wears a headdress which curves upwards at the back and has a veil hanging down to waist level. She wears a chemise under a fitted bodice, a skirt with three tiers, trousers, slippers, and a long, fur-lined coat which is open at the front, and has furred edgings to the pocket slits at the back.


History note: Frank Stoner, London, from whom purchased on 2 March 1917 for £12 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher

Measurements and weight

Height: 19.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Stratford-le-Bow ⪼ Essex ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Mid#
George II
Circa 1750 - 1754

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Base Depth 7.8 cm Width 7.7 cm

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze
presumed phosphatic Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Soft-paste porcelain containing bone ash, press-moulded, and covered with lead-glaze, appearing yellowish-white
Glazing (coating)

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3027-1928
Primary reference Number: 41540
Old object number: 4489
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 20 November 2015 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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