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Female Sphinx: C.24-1973

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Female Sphinx
Translated as: Soft-paste porcelain containing bone ash, figure of a Female Sphinx, press-moulded, and glazed.


Factory: Bow Porcelain Manufactory




Soft-paste porcelain containing bone ash (presumed), figure of a Female Sphinx, press-moulded, and lead-glazed. The sphinx is supported on a high, sloping, rococo scrollwork base. It is in profile to left with the head turned to the viewer. It has the body of a lion, and its tail passes under the left hindquarter and arches over the right side of its back. It has the head of a vivacious woman, wearing a cap with frilled lappets, earrings, and a necklace; a bare bosom, and lion's paws projecting from laced cuffs with bobble edging, below which are suspended two large tassels. On its back is has a saddle decorated with small incised strokes, and with two small tassels (one missing) hanging from the rear side.


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

Legal notes

Purchased with the L.D. Cunliffe Fund and grant-in-aid from the Victoria and Albert Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 12.0 cm
Length: 12.0 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: Bought (1973) by Collection of Dr & Mrs H. Statham


Mid-18th Century
George II
Circa 1750 - 1755

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of 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 lead-glazed
Glazing (coating)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.24-1973
Primary reference Number: 42280
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 21 September 2016 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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