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Gallant Dancing: C.3082B-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Gallant Dancing


Factory: Derby Porcelain Factory




Bone china, slip cast, painted overglaze in enamels and gilt

Bone china, slip-cast, with applied net, glazed, and painted in blue, turquoise, green, yellow, orange, pink, red, pale lilac, grey and black enamels, and gilt. The underside is unglazed except for a small area near the middle, where there is a small round ventilation hole. The base has a shaped edge decorated with scrolls and a rocaille shell at centre front, and at the back has a tree stump with short flowering branches projecting on each side. The gallant steps forward on his right leg, and is supported by the tree against his left leg. His head and body are inclined slightly to his right; his left arm hangs down behind him, his right is bent at the elbow and his right index finger is pointing towards himself. He has almost black hair tied back in a queue with a black ribbon, grey eyebrows, blue eyes, pink cheeks and a red mouth. He wears a ring on each hand, a shirt with ruffles, a pale lilac coat with a turquoise lining, gold buttons and trimmings; a white waistcoat scattered with blue flower heads, and with a border of red foliage; white breeches with stripes of puce flower heads and leaves; white stockings, and black shoes with gold buckles. His black, broad-brimmed hat, trimmed with a blue ribbon, lies on the ground behind him. The tree stump is unevenly coloured dark grey, and flowers on either side of it are yellow and orange, blue and yellow, and pink and yellow. The scrolls on the base are picked out in gold, and the rocaille shell motif at the front is partly pink.


History note: Given to Dr Glaisher by Mrs Dickson at Bournemouth on 3 November 1916 (probably for his birthday on 5 November).

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 18.4 cm
Width: 9.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Derby ⪼ Derbyshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Mid#
Bloor Period
Production date: circa AD 1840

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, turquoise, green, yellow, orange, pink, red, pale lilac, grey and black) net gold

Materials used in production

Bone china

Techniques used in production

Slip-casting : Bone china
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: No with small raised o

  • Text: No 317
  • Location: On underside of base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: D X
  • Location: On underside of base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: crossed swords
  • Location: On underside of base
  • Method of creation: Painted underglaze in blue
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3082B-1928
Primary reference Number: 43446
Old object number: 4508
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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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