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Female Figure representing Fame: C.20A-1928

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Female Figure representing Fame


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




Soft-paste porcelain figure of Fame blowing a trumpet, painted in enamels, and gilt

Soft-paste porcelain figure of Flame, slip-cast, and painted over-glaze in turquoise, pale yellow, yellow, pink, flesh pink, dark pink, mauve, red, brown, and a little black enamel, and gilt. The unglazed underside has a large circular ventilation hole at the back, and three patch marks. The almost circular mound base has a scrolled and frilled rococo edge at the front, and rises up at the back into a tall narrow heap of rocks or billowing clouds which support the figure. Fame stands on her left foot with her right leg extended behind her, the foot resting on a projecting rock. The figure leans forward probably as a result of firing. She has wings, and in her left hand holds up a trumpet which she is blowing. Her right arm hangs down (lower part missing). Over her brown hair she has a red circlet with yellow studs at intervals. Her face is painted naturalistically. She wears an off the right shoulder, pale yellow tunic with a pattern of turquoise stripes alternating with vertical stems of dark pink leaves, and held up by a gold string over her shoulder. Over her left shoulder she has a pink drape which swirls around her body. Her sandals have red straps and black soles. The edge of the base is picked out in turquoise and gold, and the rocks or clouds are pale pinkish-mauve.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by J.R. Wardale, MA

Measurements and weight

Height: 31.2 cm
Width: 13.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Derby ⪼ Derbyshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1928) by Wardale, J. R.


18th Century, second quarter#
George III
Circa 1765 CE - 1775 CE

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of lead-glaze ( presumed lead-glaze) enamels ( turquoise, pale yellow, yellow, pink, flesh pink, dark pink, mauve, red, brown, and a little black) gold

Materials used in production

Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Slip-casting : Soft-paste porcelain, slip-cast, and painted over-glazed in turquoise, pale yellow, yellow, pink, flesh pink, dark pink, mauve, red, brown, and a little black enamel, and gilt

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.20A-1928
Primary reference Number: 42729
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 11 August 2016 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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