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Seated Woman representing Sight from the Five Senses: C.3038-1928

Object information


Seated Woman representing Sight from the Five Senses


Bow Porcelain Manufactory (Factory)
'The Muses Modeller' (Modeller)


Soft-paste porcelain figure of a Seated Woman representing Sight.

Soft-paste porcelain containing bone ash, press-moulded and covered with finely speckled lead-glaze, except for some areas of the closed underside, which has a small ventilation hole in the centre. The low mound base is roughly circular with facets at the front. On the right it has a tree stump with two branches (one missing from behind the figure), from which sprout four pairs of leaves flanking a pierced berry, and one leaf and berry. Sight sits on the stump in profile to the viewer. Her right leg is extended and she rests a square mirror on her thigh, and supports it at the top with her right hand. Her left arm is bent at the elbow and she holds back her hair with her left hand. The rest of her hair is drawn back into a bun at the nape of her neck. She wears a long full skirt, and a chemise under a low-necked bodice, with sleeves ending in cuffs or turn-backs above the elbow, and the front open to reveal part of her left breast.


History note: Christie's, 25 June, 1918, part of lot 133. Purchased by Mr Stoner for Dr. W.L. Glaisher for £4.14.6.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher

Measurements and weight

Height: 14.2 cm
Length: 12.3 cm

Relative size of this object

12.3 cm14.2 cm What does this represent?

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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 1754 - 1756

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

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 finely speckled lead-glaze, except for some areas of the closed underside

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3038-1928
Primary reference Number: 41588
Old object number: 4223
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 4 May 2012 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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