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Mercury Standing: C.20B-1928

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Titles

Mercury Standing

Maker(s)

Derby Porcelain Factory (Factory)
William Duesbury & Co. (Proprietor)

Description

Soft-paste porcelain figure of Mercury, slip-cast, and painted over glaze in turquoise, green, yellow, pink, flesh pink, red, brown, and a little black enamel-colours, and gilt

Soft-paste porcelain figure of Mercury, slip-cast, and painted over glaze in turquoise, green, yellow, pink, flesh pink, red, brown, and a little black enamel-colours, and gilt. The almost unglazed underside has a circular ventilation hole near the back, and four patch marks. The almost round mound base is decorated round the front with scrolls and rocaille frills, and rises up at the back into a tall heap of rocks or clouds which support the figure. On the top on the viewer's right there is a drawstring purse and three gold coins, and on the left, a bale of goods tied crosswise with cord. Mercury strides forward on his right foot, his left extended behind him, its toe resting on a rock or cloud. His right hand is raised holding a drawstring purse, and his left is held down and out in front of him, and originally held a caduceus. He wears a winged helmet with a pink crown and red underside with a gold edge, a white off the right shoulder tunic semé with yellow, pink, and red floral sprays, and a swirling pink drapery. The bale is pale brown, and the money bags green. The front of the base is picked out in green, turquoise, and gold, and the rocks or clouds are pale yellow and pinkish-mauve.

Notes

History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by J.R. Wardale

Measurements and weight

Height: 34.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Derby ⪼ Derbyshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

Mid-18th Century
George III
Circa 1765 - 1770 1770

School or Style

Rococo

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration: composed of lead-glaze ( presumed lead-glaze) enamels ( turquoise, green, yellow, pink, flesh pink, red, brown, and a little black) gold Base: Width 14.0 cm

Materials used in production

Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Slip-casting : Soft-paste porcelain, slip-cast, and painted over glaze in turquoise, green, yellow, pink, flesh pink, red, brown, and a little black enamel-colours, and gilt
Lead-glazing

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.20B-1928
Primary reference Number: 42733
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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