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Musician with Fife and Tabor: C.27A-1918

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Musician with Fife and Tabor


Factory: Derby Porcelain Factory
Proprietor: William Duesbury & Co.




Soft-paste porcelain painted in enamels, and gilt

Soft-paste porcelain, slip-cast with applied details, lead-glazed, and painted in blue, turquoise, green, yellow, flesh, pink, orange-red, brown, and black enamels, and gilt. The underside is unglazed, and has a large circular ventilation hole at the back. The roughly circular mound base is moulded round the front with scrolls and a rocaille 'frill', and at the back has a tree stump with projecting branches on each side bearing profuse flowers and foliage. The man stands with his left foot forward, facing front, blowing a pipe held in his left hand, from the wrist of which is suspended on a red ribbon, a tabor, which he srikes with a stick held in his right hand. He wears a black broad-brimmed hat, a white shirt, an orange-red waistcoat, a pink jacket with a turquoise collar and lining, and gold buttons, white breeches with a red, blue and gold floral pattern, and black shoes with red flowers on top. A brown bag protrudes from his right side. The flowers on the bocage are of two types with red and yellow, blue and red, or puce and yellow centres. The top of the base is green, the 'frill' turquoise, and the scrolls gold.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Ralph Griffin, MA, FSA

Measurements and weight

Height: 18 cm
Width: 12.9 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Derby ⪼ Derbyshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1918-08-28) by Griffin, Ralph, MA, FSA


Mid-18th Century
Production date: circa AD 1760


This figure and its pair are known as The Idyllic Musicians

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, turquoise, green, yellow, flesh, pink, orange-red, brown, and black) gold
Main Parts

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.27A-1918
Primary reference Number: 42707
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 5 October 2012 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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