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Flageolet Player from the 'Idyllic Musicians': C.64-1932

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Flageolet Player from the 'Idyllic Musicians'


Factory: Bow Porcelain Manufactory




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

Soft-paste porcelain containing bone ash, figure of a Flageolet Player, press-moulded, with hand-modelled details, painted over lead-glaze in dark blue, pale blue, turquoise, green, yellow, flesh-pink, dark puce, red, brown, and black enamels, and gilt. The circular mound base has three lobes at the front, and its concave underside has a ventilation hole near the back. The glaze has a greenish tinge. The top is decorated with rococo scrolls in low relief and applied flowers and leaves. The figure is supported by a tree stump with one branch on the viewer's right, and two on the left, bearing applied flowers and leaves. At its base at the back there is a square aperture to take an attachment, probably a candle branch. The musician stands on his right leg with the left relaxed beside it. He holds a flageolet to his lips with his left hand, and with his right, holds a drumstick with which he is striking a tabour attached to his waist. He wears a yellow hat with a gold edge and a dark puce, a red, and a blue feather at the front. He has a white shirt with a turquoise bow on the left wrist, a dark puce jacket with gold buttons, a dark blue waistcoat with gold edge, turquoise breeches with puce and gold flowers in reserves, and puce bows at the knee, pale yellow stockings, and black shoes with gold buckles. A bag is suspended over his hip by a strap. The edge of the base is picked out in turquoise, green, and gold, and the flowers on its top are respectively dark puce, red, blue, and partly blue.


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

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 19.5 cm
Width: 9.1 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Stratford-le-Bow ⪼ Essex ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Second half of 18th century
George III
Production date: circa AD 1765

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( dark blue, pale blue, turquoise, green, yellow, flesh-pink, dark puce, 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 hand-modelled details, painted in polychrome enamels, and gilt
Glazing (coating)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.64-1932
Primary reference Number: 41910
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 31 March 2015 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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