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Britannia: C.89-1932

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)

Titles

Britannia

Maker(s)

Factory: Derby Porcelain Factory
William Duesbury & Co.

Entities

Categories

Description

Soft-paste porcelain figure of Britannia, slip-cast, and painted overglaze in turquoise, green, yellow, flesh pink, pink, red, purple, and dark grey enamels, and gilt

Soft-paste porcelain figure of Britannia, slip-cast, and painted over lead-glaze in turquoise, green, yellow, flesh pink, pink, red, purple, and dark grey enamels, and gilt. The underside has a glazed circular ventilation hole off centre, and has been ground flat; two patch marks are still visible. The base has two sides at the front and a curved back. The edges at the front are decorated with rococo scrolls. Britannia stands on her left leg with her right leg relaxed beside it. She looks forward, and has both arms down, her left almost resting on her oval shield, behind which is a white lion, which serves as a support. She is dressed all' antica in a plumed helmet, a gilt cuirass with yellow tabs over a robe with a purple floral pattern reserved in a red ground, and a turquoise drape caught up on the left shoulder with a gold brooch, and red sandals. Behind her on her right there is a globe picked out in gold, and a projecting pink drapery. On the top of the base there is a pale purplish brown canon and three canon balls, a turquoise trumpet and a white trumpet with pink mouths, a dagger with a gilt handle and a green laurel wreath. The scrolled edge is picked out in turquoise and gold.

Notes

History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 31.0 cm
Width: 17.0 cm

Relative size of this object

17 cm31 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Derby ⪼ Derbyshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1932) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs

Dating

Second half of 18th century
George III
Production date: circa AD 1775

School or Style

Rococo

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( turquoise, green, yellow, flesh pink, pink, red, purple, and dark grey) gold

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Slip-casting : Soft-paste porcelain, slip-cast, and painted overglaze in turquoise, green, yellow, flesh pink, pink, red, purple, and dark grey enamels, and gilt
Glazing (coating)

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.89-1932
Primary reference Number: 43459
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 October 2016 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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