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Thames Waterman: C.23-1973

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Thames Waterman


Factory: Bow Porcelain Manufactory




Soft-paste porcelain containing bone ash, figure of a Thames Waterman, press-moulded, and painted overglaze in polychrome enamels.

Soft-paste porcelain containing bone ash, figure of a Thames Waterman, press-moulded, and painted over lead-glaze in pale blue, blue, pale green, bright green, pink, dark reddish-purple, purple, grey, and black enamels. The underside is concave and glazed except for the flat edge. The shallow base is roughly square with rounded corners and has at the back, a tree stump with a branch projecting to proper left. The Waterman stands with his left leg slightly forward and the toe of his foot projecting a little way over the edge of the base, and his right leg resting against the tree trunk. His left arm is stretched out, and his right is hanging by his side. He wears a black and green cap, a green coat with a gathered skirt, pink lining, and black buttons, a flowered waistcoat, a pink and yellow striped scarf, pale blue breeches with darker blue knee band, and black shoes. On his left arm he has an oval badge painted in purple with ADD.
The top of the base at the front is decorated with flowers to match his waistcoat.


History note: Dr and Mrs Hugh Statham; Dr Hugh Statham died 1967; Mrs Margaret Statham d. 1970.

Legal notes

Purchased with the Cunliffe Fund and the Victoria & Albert Museum Grant-in-Aid Fund, 1973.

Measurements and weight

Height: 20.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Stratford-le-Bow ⪼ Essex ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1973) by Collection of Dr & Mrs H. Statham


18th Century, Mid#
George II
Production date: circa AD 1754

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( pale blue, blue, pale green, bright green, pink, dark reddish-purple, purple, grey, and black) lead-glaze ( presumed lead)

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, press-moulded, and painted overglaze in polychrome enamels
Glazing (coating)

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.23-1973
Primary reference Number: 42264
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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