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Apollo: C.3081-1928

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Current Location: In storage




Factory: Derby Porcelain Factory




Figure of Apollo playing a lyre, soft-paste porcelain painted in enamels and gitl.

Soft-paste porcelain, slip-cast, and painted over lead-glaze in green, pale yellow, pale flesh pink, two shades of pink, pale purple, red, reddish-brown, and black enamels, and gilt. The unglazed underside has four patch marks, and a large circular ventilation hole. The base is square with cut corners, moulded edges and fluted sides, and apart from a gilt band round the upper edge, is undecorated. On the left at the back there is the lower part of a fluted column, coloured pink. Apollo stands beside it on his right leg, with his left leg relaxed at the knee and the foot extended behind him. His head is turned to his left, and he holds a lyre in his left hand and is about to pluck it with his right. He has a green laurel wreath over his wavy dark grey hair, and wears a long pale yellow tunic semé with red dots and decorated with a purple floral design. The cowl neck is red, and the edges are gold. He has a long pink cloak, and reddish-brown sandals. The lyre is reddish-brown and gold.


History note: Purchased from P.A. Yarwood, 11 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth for £7.10s. on 22 June,1915 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, Trinity College, Cambridge

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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) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


18th Century, Late
Circa 1780 - 1800

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( green, a little yellow, flesh-pink, red, brown, and a little black) lead-glaze gold
Base Width 7.7 cm

Materials used in production

Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Slip-casting : Soft-paste porcelain, slip-cast, and painted over lead-glaze in green, pale yellow, pale flesh pink, two shades of pink, pale purple, red, reddish-brown, and black enamels, and gilt

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: script N

  • Text: N 243
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Number

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3081-1928
Primary reference Number: 43443
Old object number: 4217
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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