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Man holding a Cock or The Italian Farmer: C.28-1918

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Man holding a Cock or The Italian Farmer


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




Soft-paste porcelain figure of a man holding a cock, standing in front of a flowering tree, soft-paste porcelain painted overglaze in enamels and gilt

Soft-paste porcelain figure of a man holding cock, slip-cast with applied moulded, and hand-modelled details, lead-glazed, and painted in turquoise, green, yellow, flesh, pink, red, purple, brown, and grey enamels, and gilt. The underside has a roughly circular ventilation hole at the back, and one patch mark. About three-quarters of the circumference has been ground down to flatten it.
The oval mound base has a C-scroll across the front, and at the back, a tree stump with on the right, a short branch with two yellow flowers and leaves, and on the left, a longer branch with four yellow flowers, an orange and purple convolvulus flower, and leaves.There is a yellow flower and leaves on the ground to its left. The man stands in front of the trunk with his right foot forward, and leans forward and to the viewer's left, with his head turned in that direction. He holds a cock in his right arm, and has a brown stick in his left hand. He has grey hair, brown eyes and eyebrows, and red lips. He wears a pale yellow hat with its brim turned up at the front and decorated with a purple flower, and two white feathers (one missing). His jacket is pink with a red collar and gold edges. His breeches are red with a design of yellow flowers and purple foliage in reserves edged with turquoise, and two moulded turquoise flowers applied on the outside of each leg. His shoes are pale yellow with a moulded purple flower on each. The scrolls on the base are picked out in gold and turquoise.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Ralph Griffin, MA, FSA

Measurements and weight

Depth: 8.3 cm
Height: 20.5 cm

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
George III
Circa 1760 - 1765


After a Meissen model, also copied at Doccia

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( turquoise, green, yellow, flesh, pink, red, purple, brown, and grey) gold
Main Parts

Materials used in production

presumed lead-glaze Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.28-1918
Primary reference Number: 42709
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 30 September 2016 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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