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Girl holding a Bird's Nest, representing Spring: C.66-1932

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Girl holding a Bird's Nest, representing Spring


Bow Porcelain Manufactory (Factory)


Soft-paste porcelain containing bone ash, figure of a Girl holding a Bird's Nest, press-moulded, hand-modelled, and painted overglaze in polychrome enamels, and gilt.

Soft-paste porcelain containing bone ash, figure of a Girl holding a Bird's Nest, press-moulded, hand-modelled, and painted over lead-glaze in blue, green, yellow, flesh-pink, puce, a little red, and brown enamels, and gilt. The figure is supported on a square base with four scroll feet, with a pierced rocaille motif between the front two, and a square aperture to take an attachment below the figure at the back. The girl stands between two tree stumps bearing leaves and applied flowers, with a basket of flowers on the ground on the viewer's left, and applied flowers and leaves across the front of the base. She stands on both feet, and turns her head to her left slightly. She holds a bird's nest containing two chicks in her left hand, and holds up her right hand close to the chicks. She has brown hair, and wears a puce hat with a yellow underside and gold edge. She has a flower tucked into the neck of a blue bodice with puce cuffs edged with gold, and a puce striped stomacher. Her petticoat is strewn with blue flowers with puce leaves, and with green spots. Her skirt, which is only visible at the back, is striped in yellow and puce. Her shoes are puce with yellow flowers on top. The base is picked out in green, puce, and gold. The flowers on the tree stumps and base are blue or puce with yellow centres.


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

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 18.0 cm
Width: 12.5 cm

Relative size of this object

12.5 cm18 cm What does this represent?

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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 ( blue, green, yellow, flesh-pink, puce, a little red, and brown) gold Details

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Soft-paste porcelain containing bone ash, press-moulded, hand-modelled, and painted in polychrome enamels, and gilt

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular with black border

  • Location: Base
  • Method of creation: Printed in reserve
  • Type: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.66-1932
Primary reference Number: 41919
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Audit data

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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