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Woman holding a Basket of Fruit: EC.13-1938

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Woman holding a Basket of Fruit


Factory: Bow Porcelain Manufactory




Soft-paste porcelain containing bone ash, figure of a black woman holding a Basket of Fruit, press-moulded, hand-modelled, and painted underglaze in blue, and over slightly greenish lead-glaze in turquoise, green, yellow, orange, pale and dark puce, mauve, purple, and black enamels, and gilt. The square base has a scrolled edge and four feet decorated with rocaille ornament. The concave underside is glazed and has a ventilation hole under the figure. On top, at the back, is a rectangular hole to take an attachment. The figure stands between two stumps, that on the viewer's right decorated with three flowers and leaves, and that on the left with two flowers, two buds, and leaves. There are two applied flowers, each with three leaves on the front of the base. She stands on her right foot with her left relaxed behind. Her head is turned to her right, and she holds a basket of fruit against her body with her left hand, and holds out a fruit in her right hand. She wears Turkish costume comprising a tall pale mauve headdress with a yellow lining and gold edging, a white open coat strewn with sprigs of purple chrysanthemum flowers and foliage, with a yellow lining, and green sleeves striped in gold, and a dark blue petticoat decorated with vertical gold zigzag lines and dots alternating with gold stripes. Around her waist is a yellow and mauve striped sash. Her shoes are dark puce.


History note: Unknown before testator

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Cecil E. Byas

Measurements and weight

Height: 18.2 cm
Length: 12.1 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: Bequeathed (1938) by Byas, Cecil E.


Second half of 18th century
George II or George III
Circa 1760 - 1770

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, turquoise, green, yellow, orange, pale and dark puce, mauve, purple, and black) lead-glaze ( presumed lead) gold

Materials used in production

presumed phosphatic Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Soft-paste porcelain containing bone ash, press-moulded, hand-modelled, and painted underglaze in blue, and over slightly greenish lead-glaze in polychrome enamels, and gilt
Glazing (coating)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.13-1938
Primary reference Number: 42058
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 4 April 2022 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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