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Cormorant: C.22B-1992

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)




Factory: Bow Porcelain Manufactory




Soft-paste porcelain containing bone ash, figure of a Cormorant, press-moulded and glazed.

Soft-paste porcelain containing bone ash, figure of a Cormorant, press-moulded and glazed. The rocky base is approximately circular and concave underneath with a ventilation hole extending upwards into the bird. The underside is glazed except for the edge.
The cormorant stands with its right leg extended and foot on the ground, and its left leg higher up on the rock with only three claws showing. Its wings are outstretched and its head turned to its right holding the remains of an eel (missing). The base is decorated with three different kinds of shells and seaweed.


History note: Dr and Mrs Hugh Statham; Dr Statham died 1967; Mrs Statham died 1970; their daughter, Miss Beryl Statham by whom lent anonymously in 1970 (Statham Loan 25-1970). Bequeathed by Miss Statham, 1990, accepted by H.M. Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to the Fitzwilliam Museum

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Miss Statham, accepted by H.M.Government in 1990 in lieu of Inheritance Tax, and allocated to the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 9.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Stratford-le-Bow ⪼ Essex ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Allocated (1990) by H.M. Government


18th Century, Mid#
George II
Circa 1752 - 1756

School or Style


Components of the work

Across Wings Width 9.7 cm

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze
presumed phosphatic and containing bone ash Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Soft-paste porcelain containing bone ash, press-moulded and glazed
Glazing (coating)

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.22B-1992
Primary reference Number: 42409
Old object number: Statham Loan 25-1970
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 21 September 2016 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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