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Virgin and Child: C.3078-1928

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Virgin and Child


Factory: Derby Porcelain Factory




Soft-paste porcelain, slip-cast, and painted overglaze in green, a little yellow, flesh-pink, red, brown, and a little black enamel, and gilt

Soft-paste porcelain, slip-cast, and painted overglaze in green, a little yellow, flesh-pink, red, brown, and a little black enamel, and gilt. The mainly unglazed underside has a central ventilation hole, and four patch marks in the corners. The group is supported on a rectangular pedestal base. The lower part has projecting corners decorated with rosettes, and on the sides, swags in relief. Above, the sides are fluted and concave with a moulding round the top. The Virgin sits on a chair with her left foot on the pedestal and her right resting on a low green footstool. She holds the nude infant Christ round his chest with both hands, supporting him on her right knee. He holds up his right hand in blessing, and in his left holds a small posy of two flowers and foliage. The Virgin wears a white shawl with a gold edge over her head, a long gown semé with gold floral sprays, and red strap sandals. Her face and hair, and that of Christ are painted naturalistically in flesh pink and brown. His posy is yellow and green. The chair is outlined in gold. The rosettes on the base have gold centres and the top and lower edges of its upper part have a horizontal gold band running round them.


History note: Law, Foulsham and Cole, South Molton Street, London, from whom purchased for £19 with its pair, the Prudent Mother on 23 October 1916 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge. The price individually was £10.10s.

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 10.6 cm
Height: 21.1 cm
Width: 9.8 cm

Relative size of this object

9.8 cm21.1 cm10.6 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Derby ⪼ Derbyshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 18th century
George III
Circa 1780 CE - 1790 CE

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( green, a little yellow, flesh-pink, red, brown, and a little 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 green, a little yellow, flesh-pink, red, brown, and a little black enamel, and gilt

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: No 138
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3078-1928
Primary reference Number: 42661
Old object number: 4503
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 14 February 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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