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Woman standing beside an Urn, representing Peace: C.3080-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Woman standing beside an Urn, representing Peace


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




Soft-paste porcelain figure of a woman standing beside an urn on a pedestal, representing Peace, painted in enamels, and gilded

Soft-paste porcelain, slip-cast, lead-glazed, and painted in turquoise, green, yellow, pink, flesh-pink, pale orange, purple, brown, and black enamels, and gilt; the underside is unglazed and has a large circular ventilation hole in the centre. It has two visible patchmarks. The figure stands on a rectangular base with cut corners, and straight sides moulded with Greek key pattern. On its top on the viewer’s right there is an urn with fruit and foliage on its cover, supported on a four-sided pedestal with lion’s paw feet. The woman stands on her left leg with her right leg relaxed and a little behind her. In her right hand she holds a bunch of leaves. Her left arm rests on top of the urn, and her head is turned slightly to her right. She has brown hair and eyebrows, rosy cheeks, grey eyes and red lips. She wears a wreath of ears of corn, and a gold bandeau on her head, a white short-sleeved tunic with a purple floral pattern, red lining to the neck edge, and cuffs, and a black and gold belt below her breasts. Her pale purple skirt has a pattern of darker purple dots and circles, and both garments have gold edges A turquoise scarf is draped over her right shoulder and across her body at the front and back, and she has a yellow and pink cloak attached by a brooch to her left shoulder, and passing across her back and over her right elbow. Her sandals are black.

The pedestal is decorated on three sides with a turquoise laurel swag bound at the top with gold, enclosing on two sides, a black musical trophy on an oval medallion. The fruit and flowers on the urn are painted in turquoise, green, yellow, pink and pale orange. The lower and upper edges of the pedestal have gold borders, and there are two pairs of horizontal gold bands on the side of the urn.


History note: Bought in 1796 by G-father (?) Pace. Law, Foulsham & Cole, London where purchased on 6 November 1916 for £12.10s. by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge.

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 24 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 - 1800 CE


This is model, identified as ‘Peace’ was no. 245 in Haslem’s ‘Price List of Groups and Single Figures’ published in The Old Derby China Factory, London, 1876, p. 175. It was paired with no. 244 Plenty. See Bradshaw, Peter, Derby Porcelain Figures 1750-1848, London, 1990, pp. 320-1, no. 245, who ignored Haslem, and described it as Charlotte Weeping for Werther, while retaining the title of Plenty for no. 244.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( turquoise, green, yellow, flesh, pink, purple, red, and brown, and black) gold
Base Width 11.7 cm

Materials used in production

Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

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

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: G
  • Location: On base to right of ventilation hole
  • Method of creation: Incised in script
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: rectangular paper label. 5 of 151 underlined

  • Text: 'G [missing] Pace bought these Cheslea figures 151 in 1796' or '[5]'. and '12.10.0'
  • Location: On underside of base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in faded black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3080-1928
Primary reference Number: 43436
Old object number: 4506
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 23 June 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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