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Neptune with a Dolphin representing Water from a Set of Elements: C.55-1932

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)

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Neptune with a Dolphin representing Water from a Set of Elements

Maker(s)

Factory: Bow Porcelain Manufactory
Sculptor: Le Gros, Pierre I (After)

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Description

Soft-paste porcelain containing bone ash, figure of Neptune with a Dolphin, press-moulded with hand modelled details, painted in polychrome enamels, and gilt.

Soft-paste porcelain containing bone ash, figure of Neptune with a Dolphin, press-moulded with hand modelled details, painted over lead-glaze in greyish-blue, pale greyish-green, pale turquoise-green, pale yellow, flesh-pink, pink, dark pink, red, purplish-grey, and black enamels, and gilt. The glazed underside has a central, circular ventilation hole. The high square base has five scrolled feet and a pierced semi-circular rocaille motif between the two at the front. The upper part of the front above this is pierced by three circular holes. Neptune stands on his left leg with his right knee bent and his right foot resting on a dolphin behind him, whose open mouth spewing water projects on his left. He holds a vase filled with water under his left arm and with his right hand holds up his drapery in front of him. He has a circlet of green seaweed over his long, purplish-grey hair, and a long purplish-grey beard.. His drapery is decorated with a pattern of gold daisies in shaded pink circles, inter-spersed with red and gold foliage, and has a turquoise, pink, and pale yellow striped lining, and a gold edging. The vase is purplish grey with two gold bands. The dolphin has a pink, grey, and red head with black eyes, and a greyish-green body with grey scales, and red fins and tail. The top of the base is decorated with applied leaves and four groups of flowers: pink, blue, pink, and red. The scrolls on the base are picked out in gold.

Notes

History note: Unknown before donor, Mrs W.D. (Frances Louisa) Dickson, Bournemouth

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 27.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Stratford-le-Bow ⪼ Essex ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1932-10-14) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs

Dating

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

Note

This figure was probably derived from the statue of Water by Pierre Le Gros (1629-1714) at the Fontaine du Point du jour or Cabinet des combats d'Animaux in the garden at Versailles. The pose of the figure also conforms to a reduced-size bronze of which there is an example in the Grünes Gewolbe, Dresden, which has also been transformed into a bearded Neptune.

School or Style

Rococo

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( greyish-blue, pale greyish-green, pale turquoise-green, pale yellow, flesh-pink, pink, dark pink, red, purplish-grey, and black) 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 in polychrome enamels, and gilt
Glazing (coating)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.55-1932
Primary reference Number: 41854
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 August 2015 Last processed: Friday 11 November 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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