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Girl playing a Hurdy-gurdy: C.3031-1928

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Girl playing a Hurdy-gurdy


Factory: Bow Porcelain Manufactory




Soft-paste porcelain figure of a Girl playing a Hurdy-gurdy

Soft-paste porcelain containing bone ash, press-moulded and covered on the visible surfaces with clear lead-glaze, which is speckly on the lower part. The approximately oval base is unglazed underneath and has an oval ventilation hole under figure. The girl sits on a rock pierced at the back by a circular hole to take an attachment. She has her right foot over the edge of the base, and holds in both hands a hurdy-gurdy which rests on her left knee. She wears a round flat-brimmed hat, a ruffle round her neck, a jacket with a basque, a skirt, and an apron which is pushed over to her right side. Her shoes have pompoms on top.


History note: A vendor in Soham; sold to Stanley Woolston, Cambridge, from whom purchased on 15 April 1919 for £8 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 11.5 cm
Width: 6.3 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 1752 CE - 1755 CE

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production

phosphatic Soft-paste porcelain
presumed lead Lead-glaze

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Soft-paste porcelain containing bone ash, press-moulded and covered on the visible surfaces with clear lead-glaze, which is speckly on the lower part

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3031-1928
Primary reference Number: 41570
Old object number: 3872
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 20 August 2021 Last processed: Tuesday 17 October 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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