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Seated Nun Reading: C.3034-1928

Object information


Seated Nun Reading


Bow Porcelain Manufactory (Factory)
After Kändler, Johann Joachim (Modeller)


Soft-paste porcelain figure of a Seated Nun Reading.

Soft-paste porcelain containing bone ash, press-moulded with a closed base with a small central ventilation hole. The exterior is covered with translucent glaze, which is bubbly where it lies thickly. The nun sits on a roughly circular base. She looks down towards a large book which she supports on her left thigh and holds with her left hand. She holds her right hand over the right page, as if following the lines. Her left foot (missing) extends over the edge of the base at the front. She wears a long voluminous veil, and a long dress over an underskirt.


History note: Mrs E. Spencer, 'Old Village Museum' (in the old village) Shanklin, from whom purchased on 21 September 1922 for £3 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 11.7 cm
Height: 14.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Stratford-le-Bow ⪼ Essex ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Mid-18th Century
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; bubbly where thick Lead-glaze

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Soft-paste porcelain containing bone ash, press-moulded with a closed base with a small central ventilation hole

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3034-1928
Primary reference Number: 41576
Old object number: 3951
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 1 February 2019 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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