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Europe and America: C.35-1932

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Current Location: In storage


Europe and America


Factory: Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory




Soft-paste porcelain figure group of Europe and America, slip-cast, and painted over glaze in green, yellow, flesh, purplish pink, orange, red, brown, and black enamels and gilt.

Soft-paste porcelain figure group of Europe and America, slip-cast, and painted over glaze in green, yellow, flesh, purplish pink, orange, red, brown, and black enamels and gilt. The underside is glazed except for the edge, and has a large circular ventilation hole off centre. The oval low mound base has a scroll at the back and a larger scroll and rocaille ornament at the front. On the left there is a five-sided pedestal with a helmet, a book, a pistol, and an open book of music at its foot. Europe, shown as a chubby white girl, is seated on the pedestal with her right leg back and left leg forward. She has greyish hair, and wears small gold crown, a pale yellow drape with red floral sprays and a purplish-pink lining, and holds a small orb in her extended left hand. America, shown as an androgynous native American child, with black hair and brown skin, sits astride a pale brown alligator facing away from the viewer, and leans back so as to look up at Europa. They wear a feather headdress and skirt, a quiver of arrows on their back, and holds a bow in their left hand. The feathers are green, yellow, purplish-pink, and red. The top and edges of the base are decorated with orange, dark pink, and yellow, applied flowers and leaves. The pedestal and helmet are outlined and picked out in gold.


History note: Unknown before donor, Mrs W.D. (Frances Louisa) Dickson, Bournemouth

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 24 cm
Width: 21 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1932) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs


Second half of 18th century
Gold anchor period (1759-69)
George III
Circa 1765 CE - 1772 CE

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( green, yellow, flesh, purplish-pink, orange, red, brown, and black) gold
Base Width 17 cm

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Slip-casting : Soft-paste porcelain, slip-cast, and painted over glaze in green, yellow, flesh, purplish pink, orange, red, brown, and black enamels and gilt

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: a gold anchor

  • Text: anchor
  • Location: On the back of the base, low down behind the pedestal
  • Method of creation: Painted gold
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.35-1932
Primary reference Number: 42607
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 8 December 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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