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Shepherd Bagpiper with Lamb: C.58-1932

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Shepherd Bagpiper with Lamb
Translated as: Soft-paste porcelain containing bone ash, figure of a Shepherd Bagpiper with Lamb, press-moulded, and painted in polychrome enamels.


Factory: Bow Porcelain Manufactory




Soft-paste porcelain containing bone ash, figure of a Shepherd Bagpiper with Lamb, press-moulded, and painted over lead-glaze in blue, green, yellow, flesh-pink, puce, red, pale greyish-brown, brown, and black.
The approximately round base has a tree stump at the back. The shepherd stands on his right leg leaning back against the stump, with his left leg extended to his left so that the foot is half way over the edge of the base. He has his bagpipes under his left arm and holds the pipe with both hands. His head is turned to his right. He has brown hair and ruddy cheeks. He wears a black hat, white shirt, blue jacket with yellow lining, white breeches decorated with puce flowers, and black shoes with puce bows. The bagpipes are yellow. On the ground to his right there is a recumbent pale greyish-brown and white lamb wearing a collar with a short yellow stick at the front. On the ground in front of him there is a yellow flower and three leaves, and further back a pink flower and two leaves.


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

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 14.5 cm
Width: 7.9 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Stratford-le-Bow ⪼ Essex ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


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


Although this Shepherd and the one produced at Derby may have been based on a Meissen model, there were English sculptural equivalents. The figure is reminiscent of the lead Piping Shepherd Boy with dog, attributed to Jan Van Nost, in the garden at Canons Ashby, Northants, and at Powis Castle, near Welshpool, and there may have been other possible models among the 'shepherds, shepherdesses, bagpipers and pipers' which were stocked over a long period by John Cheere and mentioned by an anonymous writer in 1772,

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, green, yellow, flesh-pink, puce, red, pale greyish-brown, brown, and black)

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 painted in polychrome enamels
Glazing (coating)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.58-1932
Primary reference Number: 41896
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 17 October 2023

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

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