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Andromache mourning over the Ashes of Hector: C.3079-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Andromache mourning over the Ashes of Hector


Factory: Derby Porcelain Factory
Proprietor: William Duesbury & Co.
Modeller: Stephan, Pierre (Perhaps)




Soft-paste porcelain, slip-cast, and painted overglaze in turquoise, yellow, flesh pink, dark pink, red, maroon, purple, and brown enamels, and gilt.

Soft-paste porcelain, slip cast, and painted overglaze in turquoise, yellow, flesh pink, dark pink, red, maroon, purple, and brown enamels, and gilt; the unglazed base has four patch marks and a large oval ventilation hole in the centre. There is a bolt and nut inside the base below the figure. The base is rectangular with cut corners and vertical sides moulded with Greek key pattern. On the viewer’s left there is a covered urn, supported by a four-sided pedestal with four paw feet. The woman stands on her right leg with her left leg crossed over it. She holds three flowers in her right hand, which is by her side. Her right elbow rests on the urn, and she leans her head on her left hand, pensively looking downwards. A tear is visible on her right cheek. She has light brown hair and eyebrows, grey eyes, pale pink cheeks and red lips. Over her head she wears a pale yellow cloak which falls down to the ground at the back and is draped up over her waistband at the front. She has a long pale turquoise dress with a floral pattern in darker turquoise, yellow, and purple. It is caught up on the left elbow with a pink bow, and has red borders round the neck and wrists. Her sandals are maroon. Three sides of the pedestal are decorated with garlands of turquoise laurel bound at the top in gold, enclosing black trophies on raised oval medallions. The top and lower edges are outlined in gold, and there are pairs of gold bands flanking guilloche borders on the sides of the urn


History note: Purchased from Mr Williams, 125 Wardour Street, London, for £8 on 28 May (August ?) 1916 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, Trinity College, Cambridge.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 24.1 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Derby ⪼ Derbyshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Late
Circa 1780 CE - Circa 1785 CE


The figure may have been inspired by, but is not identical to, Andromache in the mezzotint by Thomas Burke (1749-1815) of Andromache and Hecuba weeping over the Ashes of Hector, after Angelica Kauffmann (1741-1807), published by W. Wynne Ryland, London July 29th 1771 (an example is in the British Museum 1879,6-14,829). A copy of this print was purchased for the Derby factory by Pierre Stephan in 1774 (see Documentation, Young, 2000)

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of lead-glaze ( presumed lead) enamels ( turquoise, yellow, flesh pink, dark pink, red, maroon, purple, and brown) gold
Base Width 11.5 cm

Materials used in production

Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Slip-casting : Soft-paste porcelain, slip-cast, lead-glazed, and painted overglaze in turquoise, yellow, flesh pink, dark pink, red, maroon, purple, and brown enamels, and gilt

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: small oo, script N

  • Text: 100 N
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Model number

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3079-1928
Primary reference Number: 43413
Old object number: 4505
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 27 March 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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