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Columbine Dancing: C.3040-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Columbine Dancing


Factory: Bow Porcelain Manufactory




Soft-paste porcelain figure of Columbine Dancing.

Soft-paste porcelain containing bone ash, press-moulded, and covered with slightly speckly lead-glaze on the visible surfaces. The closed underside is unglazed and has an oval ventilation hole at the back. The low base is almost round, with a small projecting rock on the right, and a square aperture at the back to take an attachment. On the front there are two applied flowers, each with two leaves, and a very small flower on the rock. Columbine stands on her left leg with her right leg raised in front. She turns her head over her left shoulder and holds out both arms towards her right. She carried a slapstick under her left arm, now missing except for a portion attached to her waist. She wears a broad-brimmed had, turned up at the front, a ruffle round her neck, a long-sleeved bodice with a basque, and a full skirt.


History note: Frederick S. Weinberg; Seafield Lodge, Broughty Ferry; Sotheby's, 9 November 1922, lot 75; bought for Dr J.W.L. Glaisher by Mr Hyman for £1.10.0.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher

Measurements and weight

Height: 13.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Stratford-le-Bow ⪼ Essex ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Mid#
George II
Circa 1750 - 1755


Bow Porcelain Manufactory; Stratford-le-Bow, (Essex), London

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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 slightly speckly lead-glaze on the visible surfaces

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: B
  • Location: Into the top of the base to the right of the figure
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3040-1928
Primary reference Number: 41591
Old object number: 3999
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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