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Girl representing Europe from the 'Four Quarters of the Globe': C.45-1918

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Object information

Current Location: In storage

Titles

Girl representing Europe from the 'Four Quarters of the Globe'

Maker(s)

Factory: Derby Porcelain Factory

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Description

Soft-paste porcelain figure of a girl representing Europe, painted in polychrome enamels, and gilt.

Soft-paste porcelain, slip-cast, and painted over lead-glaze in greyish-blue, two shades of green, yellow, pink, red, purple, brown, and grey enamels, and gilt. The underside is glazed except for the edge, and has a large central circular ventilation hole. The roughly circular base has a tree stump at the back with a branch on the viewer's left, and at the front, a semi-circular panel inscribed 'EUROPE' in gold, flanked by frilly scrolls. Europe stands on both feet, her head turned slightly to her left, and her left arm raised, holding a missing object. her left arm is by her side, the hand supporting the lower end of a cornucopia of fruit, including bunches of grapes. She wears a gold headband, a bluish-green tunic with a pattern of groups of purple spots between vertical lines of leaves, with six gold buttons on the skirt, and a pink marbled cloak with a blue lining. At her feet there is a gold sceptre and crown, a brown mallet (?), a pair of dividers, and a gold helmet over a red book. The tree trunk is brown and green with green applied leaves, and the scrolls on the front are picked out in pink and gold.

Notes

History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Ralph Griffin, MA, FSA

Measurements and weight

Height: 20.6 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Derby ⪼ Derbyshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1918) by Griffin, Ralph, MA, FSA

Dating

18th Century, Late
George III
Production date: circa AD 1780

School or Style

Rococo

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( in greyish-blue, two shades of green, yellow, pink, red, purple, brown, and grey) lead-glaze gold
Base Diameter 10.1 cm

Materials used in production

Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Slip-casting : Soft-paste porcelain, slip-cast, and painted over lead-glaze in greyish-blue, two shades of green, yellow, pink, red, purple, brown, and grey enamels, and gilt
Lead-glazing

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: 'No 200' incised and 'N 8' in red enamel

  • Text: No 200 N 8
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Incised and in red enamel
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.45-1918
Primary reference Number: 42620
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Audit data

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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