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Shepherdess: C.3057-1928

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Current Location: In storage




Bow Porcelain Manufactory (Factory)


Figure. Soft-paste porcelain containing bone ash, press-moulded, with hand-modelled details, painted over lead-glaze in blue, green, yellow, orange, pink, dark puce, and brown enamels, and gilt. The concave underside is glazed and has a large circular ventilation hole in the centre. The rounded rectangular base has five scroll feet and a pierced rocaille motif between the front two. It rises up at the back into a rock with a square aperture to take an attachment at the bottom. On the viewer's left there is a lateral branch bearing applied flowers and leaves, and on the right, a much shorter branch.
The shepherdess stands on her right leg with her left stepping forward onto a rock. She turns to her left, holding up her flower-filled apron in her left hand, and in her right holds a posy of flowers to her bosom. She has long brown hair with a turquoise, purple, and yellow striped cloth over it, and round her neck has a gold necklace. She wears a dark puce bodice with an orange and gold triangle-patterned stomacher, orange and turquoise striped cuffs, and white ruffles; an orange and turquoise striped skirt, and a yellow petticoat with orange flowers and gold foliage in reserves with turquoise outlines. Her shoes are dark puce with a turquoise flower on top of each. A small piebald skin bag is slung on her right hip by means of a cross strap. On the ground on the viewer's left there is a recumbent pale orange and white lamb. The flowers on the base and elsewhere are of various colours.


History note: Mr Stoner, London, from whom purchased on 5 March 1919 with C.3058-1928 for £95 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 29.7 cm
Width: 16.0 cm

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16 cm29.7 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Third quarter of 18th century
George III
Circa 1765 CE - 1770 CE


The Bow Porcelain Manufactory was at Stratford-le-Bow, (Essex), London

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, green, yellow, orange, pink, dark puce, and brown enamels) gold Details

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, painted over lead-glaze in blue, green, yellow, orange, pink, dark puce, and brown enamels, and gilt

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3057-1928
Primary reference Number: 41700
Old object number: 4494
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

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

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