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Turkish Woman holding a Shell Dish: C.83-1950

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 33


Turkish Woman holding a Shell Dish


Factory: Bow Porcelain Manufactory
Modeller: Eberlein, Johann Friedrich (Probably after)




Soft-paste porcelain containing bone ash, figure of a Turkish Woman holding a Shell Dish, painted overglaze in polychrome enamels.

Soft-paste porcelain containing bone ash, figure of a Turkish Woman holding a Shell Dish, painted overglaze in blue, green, yellow, pink, brown, and red, and black (for the outlines of the flowers) enamels. The underside of the roughly triangular base is unglazed and has a central circular ventilation hole. The woman sits on a rock holding in both hands a scallop shell supported on a hollow rock with spongy seaweed, and shells on it. Her left foot projects slightly over the edge of the base, and her head is turned to her right. She wears a tall pink headdress with shoulder-length veil, a white coat over a long floral coat, pink harem trousers, and red shoes. The large shell is pale yellow with a central floral spray and several detached sprigs. The support has green seaweed and pink and red shells.


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

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 14.2 cm
Width: 13 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Stratford-le-Bow ⪼ Essex ⪼ England
  • Meissen ⪼ Saxony ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

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


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


After a Meissen model of 1746 by J.F. Eberlein, which has a pair of a Turk holding a shell.

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, green, yellow, pink, brown, and red, and black) lead-glaze ( presumed lead)
Visible Surfaces

Materials used in production

presumed phosphatic and containing bone ash Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Soft-paste porcelain containing bone ash, painted overglaze in polychrome enamels

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.83-1950
Primary reference Number: 42186
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 4 December 2020 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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