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The Muse Urania or Astronomy: C.82-1950

Object information

Titles

The Muse Urania or Astronomy

Maker(s)

Bow Porcelain Manufactory (Factory)
The Muses Modeller (Modeller)

Description

Soft-paste porcelain containing bone ash, figure of The Muse Urania or Astronomy, press-moulded, glazed, and painted overglaze in polychrome enamels, and gilt.

Soft-paste porcelain containing bone ash, figure of The Muse Urania or Astronomy, press-moulded, glazed, and painted over lead-glaze in blue, pale lime green, pale yellow, dark pink, orange-red, pale brown, and mid-brown enamels, and gilt. The shallow, square base has an unglazed underside with a large oval ventilation hole in the middle. The Muse stands beside a pedestal draped with a cloth on which is a globe which she supports with her right hand. She leans towards the globe and with her left hand holds a pair of dividers over it. She wears a yellow veil, a white, long-sleeved robe with blue cuffs, and gold border round the hem, a gold belt, and a dark pink shawl with the ends crossed around her neck and the wider part draped behind her. The top of the base and the pedestal are pale lime green, and the draped cloth, pale brown. The dividers are gilt.

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: 15.9 cm
Width: 8.0 cm

Relative size of this object

8 cm15.9 cm What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1950) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs

Dating

Mid-18th Century
George II
Circa 1750 - 1755

School or Style

Rococo

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, pale lime green, pale yellow, dark pink, orange-red, pale brown, and mid-brown) lead-glaze ( presumed lead) gold

Materials used in production

presumed phosphatic, containing bone ash Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Soft-paste porcelain containing bone ash, press-moulded, glazed, and painted overglaze in enamels, and gilt
Glazing (coating)

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.82-1950
Primary reference Number: 42177
Stable URI

Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 31 March 2015 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

Citation for print

This record can be cited in the Harvard Bibliographic style using the text below:

The Fitzwilliam Museum (2022) "The Muse Urania or Astronomy" Web page available at: https://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/42177 Accessed: 2022-05-28 07:34:37

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{{cite web|url=https://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/42177 |title=The Muse Urania or Astronomy |author=The Fitzwilliam Museum|accessdate=2022-05-28 07:34:37|publisher=The University of Cambridge}}

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