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The Muse Urania or Astronomy: C.3039-1928

Object information

Current Location: In storage


The Muse Urania or Astronomy


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




Soft-paste porcelain figure of the Muse Urania or Astronomy.

Soft-paste porcelain containing bone ash, press-moulded, and covered on the visible surfaces with clear lead-glaze with black speckles. The approximately square base is unglazed underneath and has a central oval ventilation hole. The Muse stands beside a pedestal draped with a cloth on which is a globe which she supports with her right hand. She leans towards the globe and with her left hand holds a pair of dividers over it (missing) She wears a veil, a long robe with cuffs to the sleeves, and a drape.


History note: Purchased from Mr Palmer's shop in Bath on 30 May 1919 for £1 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher

Measurements and weight

Height: 15.4 cm
Width: 7.4 cm

Relative size of this object

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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 1750 - 1753

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 on the visible surfaces with clear lead-glaze with black speckles

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3039-1928
Primary reference Number: 41590
Old object number: 4215
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 20 August 2021 Last processed: Tuesday 22 November 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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