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Shepherdess with Sheep: C.90B-1950

Object information

Titles

Shepherdess with Sheep

Maker(s)

Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory (Factory)

Description

Soft-paste porcelain figure of a Shepherdess with Sheep, slip-cast, lead-glazed, and painted in turquoise, green, yellow, flesh, pink, mauve, orange-red, pale brown, brown, and black enamels, and gilt.

Soft-paste porcelain figure of a Shepherdess with Sheep, slip-cast, lead-glazed, and painted in turquoise, green, yellow, flesh, pink, mauve, orange-red, pale brown, brown, and black enamels, and gilt. The concave underside is glazed, and has a circular ventilation hole under the figure. The approximately D-shaped mound base is moulded across the front with a C scroll, and rocaille 'frilling'. At the back it has a tree stump with a Y-shaped branch on the viewer's right, and a shorter branch on the left. The shepherdess stands facing the front with her left foot slightly advanced, and her head turned to her left. She supports an houlette in her left hand, and with her right, holds up her apron behind her. She has long pale brown hair, and wears a broad-brimmed yellow hat with a pink underside, and a mauve ribbon round the crown. She has a white chemise with full sleeves, a yellow bodice fastened with mauve bows over a turquoise stomacher, a yellow skirt, a white apron, a turquoise cloak with a pale orange lining held on by an orange ribbon across her chest, and pink shoes with red bows. On the viewer's right a sheep lies on the mound looking up at her. Its back is dappled with red wavy lines and its hooves are grey. The flowers on the base are red, mauve, and yellow, and the leaves are green. The base is picked out in pink, a little turquoise, and gold.

Notes

History note: Unknown before donor, Mrs W.D. (Frances Louisa) Dickson

Legal notes

Given by Francis L. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 22.6 cm
Width: 10.5 cm

Relative size of this object

10.5 cm22.6 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1950) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs

Dating

Gold anchor period (1759-69)
Third quarter of 18th century
George III
Circa 1760 CE - 1765 CE

Note

A close copy of a Meissen model of about 1750 by Friedrich Elias Meyer (1723-1785), although her hat is of a slightly different shape and she has a houlette instead of a staff.

School or Style

Rococo

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( turquoise, green, yellow, flesh, pink, mauve, orange-red, pale brown, brown, and black) gold

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

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

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: a gold anchor

  • Text: an anchor
  • Location: On lower back of tree stump
  • Method of creation: Painted in gold
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: half of a circular paper label inscribed in red ink

  • Text: Chelsea/c. 1760-65
  • Location: On the underside
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in red ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.90B-1950
Primary reference Number: 47925
Stable URI

Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 13 October 2020 Last processed: Friday 7 January 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

Citation for print

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The Fitzwilliam Museum (2022) "Shepherdess with Sheep" Web page available at: https://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/47925 Accessed: 2022-06-27 12:10:01

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