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Seated Sportsman: C.3041-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Seated Sportsman


Factory: Bow Porcelain Manufactory




Soft-paste porcelain figure of a Seated Sportsman.

Soft-paste porcelain, press-moulded, with hand-modelled details, and very glassy lead-glaze overall, except for the underside of the feet. The glaze has black speckles here and there. The concave underside has a large circular ventilation hole at the back. The approximately square base is supported on two scrolls, the ends of which curl inwards at the back, and forwards and upwards at the front, where they have between them a pierced anthemion-like motif. At the back there is a tree trunk, with a long lateral branch on the viewer's right and short lateral branch on the left bearing applied flowers and leaves. The sportsman sits on the main tree trunk leaning on the tall branch on his left elbow. His left leg is straight and his right is bent at the knee and a little behind the right. He leans slightly towards his left. He wears a broad-brimmed hat, a neckcloth, waistcoat, coat, breeches, and boots. A purse is attached to a belt round his waist, and a dead bird and a flask are slung on his right side from a cross strap. The top of the base is decorated with applied flowers and leaves.


History note: Mr Fleming, Southsea, from whom purchased on 9 September 1922 for £2.10.0 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher

Measurements and weight

Height: 19.6 cm
Width: 13.3 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
George III
Production date: circa AD 1760

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Components of the work


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, with hand-modelled details, and very glassy and lead-glaze overall, except for the underside of the feet

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3041-1928
Primary reference Number: 41592
Old object number: 3941
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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