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Standing Monk or Friar: C.3050A-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Standing Monk or Friar


Factory: Bow Porcelain Manufactory




Soft-paste porcelain figure of a Standing Monk or Friar, decorated in polychrome enamels, and gilt.

Soft-paste porcelain containing bone ash, press-moulded, and covered on the visible surfaces with glassy and speckly lead-glaze, painted in red, pale brown, dark purplish-brown, and black enamels, and gilt. The underside of the circular low mound base is unglazed and has a central ventilation hole. The monk stands with his feet together, the right foot slightly advanced. He turns his head to his right, and holds up his right arm; his left is beside him with the hand pointing outwards. He has brown hair with a tonsure, a pale brown habit with a black belt, and a dark brown cape and cowl, and black shoes with gold buckles.


History note: Mr Geneen or Geneer, Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, from whom purchased on 18 April 1921 for £11.10 with its pair by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher

Measurements and weight

Height: 16.5 cm
Width: 8.0 cm

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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
Production date: circa AD 1755

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( red, pale brown, dark purplish-brown, and black) gold

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 glassy and speckly lead-glaze, painted in red, pale brown, dark purplish-brown, and black enamels, and gilt

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3050A-1928
Primary reference Number: 41594
Glaisher MS Catalogue: 3803, vol. 19
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 11 January 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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