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Standing Nun Reading a Book: C.3050B-1928

Object information


Standing Nun Reading a Book


Bow Porcelain Manufactory (Factory)


Soft-paste porcelain painted in enamels and gilt.

Soft-paste porcelain containing bone ash, press-moulded, with slightly blue-tinged glaze, painted in pale purple, red, brown, and black enamels, and gilt. The almost round low mound base is unglazed underneath and has a ventilation hole in the middle below the figure. The nun stands on her right foot with her left foot slightly advanced. She has her right hand on her breast, and with her left supports an open book which is inscribed across two pages 'Omnia Vin(cit)' with illegible text below. She wears a white habit with a pale purple veil, cuffs, and shoes, a dark purple bow at the neck, and a dark purple belt. Her shoe buckles are gold. The book is brown with rectangular gold borders and gold-edged leaves.


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

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 16.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Stratford-le-Bow ⪼ Essex ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


Mid-18th Century
George II
Circa 1755 CE - 1760 CE

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( in pale purple, red, 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, with slightly blue-tinged glaze, painted in pale purple, red, brown, and black enamels, and gilt

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3050B-1928
Primary reference Number: 41595
Old object number: 3802
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 11 February 2015 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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