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Mars and Venus: C.3062-1928

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Mars and Venus


Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory (Factory)


Soft-paste porcelain, slip-cast, and painted overglaze in blue, turquoise, green, yellow, flesh, pink, puce, red, pale purple, brown, grey, and black enamels, and gilt. The underside is glazed except for the edge, and has a circular ventilation hole in the centre which is blocked by the top of the base. The base is oval and flat on top with a scrolled edge, and rocaille ornament at the back and front. The figures sit on a high seat with five scrolled supports, a pair of doves on the front, and a shield with Cupid beside it on the back. Mars sits behind Venus facing to the viewer's right, resting his right elbow on the back of the seat, and having his left arm round Venus's shoulder. His feet rest on one of the supports of the seat. He is bearded and wears a helmet with a brown leopard crest, a blue and yellow cloak, a cuirass with gold scales, a red kilt with pink tabs, pink breeches, and turquoise, yellow and gold boots with open toes. Venus semi-reclines in front of Mars, facing towards him. She has brown hair, and is nude apart from a white drape decorated with red and puce floral sprays. The base is picked out in puce, pink, turquoise, green and greyish-blue, and gilt. The shield is pale grey.


History note: Mr Stoner, London, from whom bought on 24 March 1919 for £26 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS. Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 22.8 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


Gold anchor period (1759-69)
Mid-18th Century
Circa 1759 CE - 1769 1769 CE

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration: composed of enamels ( blue, truquoise, green, yellow, flesh, pink, puce, red, pale purple, brown, grey, and black) gold

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Slip-casting : Soft-paste porcelain, slip-cast, and painted overglaze in blue, turquoise, green, yellow, flesh, pink, puce, red, pale purple, brown, grey, and black enamels, and gilt

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3062-1928
Primary reference Number: 42599
Old object catalogue: 4487
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 13 October 2020 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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