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Piedmontese Bagpiper: C.29-1992

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Piedmontese Bagpiper


Factory: Bow Porcelain Manufactory
Engraver: Daullé, Jean (Derived from)
Painter: Dumont, Jacques (After)




Soft-paste porcelain figure of a Piedmontese Bagpiper, press-moulded, with hand-modelled details, and glazed.

Soft-paste porcelain figure of a Piedmontese Bagpiper, press-moulded, with hand-modelled details, and lead-glaze. The closed underside is flat and was wiped free of glaze except for a deep oval depression cut into the middle and a few spots elsewhere. The oval base has low, slightly wavy sides and is decorated round the edge with four applied roses, stems, and leaves, and with a spray of leaves near the middle. It rises up at the back into a low tree trunk which supports the figure. The bagpiper has his left leg against the tree stump and strides forward onto his right. He holds the bag under his left arm, blows a short tube into it, and holds its two long pipes in both hands. He wears a broad-brimmed hat with a cockade or feather attached to the proper right of the hatband, a shirt, a sleeveless jerkin with numerous buttons, a long cloak which falls down to the ground over the tree stump, slightly wrinkly hose, and square-toed shoes with bows.


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 1988 (Statham Loan 11-1988). Bequeathed by Miss Statham, 1990, accepted by H.M. Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to the Fitzwilliam Museum

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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: 21.3 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 1750 CE - 1755 CE

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of lead-glaze ( presumed lead)
Base Depth 13.7 cm

Materials used in production

presumed phosphatic Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Soft-paste porcelain, press-moulded, with hand-modelled details, and lead-glaze
Glazing (coating)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.29-1992
Primary reference Number: 42516
Old loan number: Statham Loan 11-1988
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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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