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Kneeling Angel holding a candlestick: C.2169-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Kneeling Angel holding a candlestick


Workshop: Della Robbia, Giovanni (Probably)




Terracotta painted in coloured tin-glazes

Greyish-buff terracotta, decorated with lavender-blue, green, yellow, manganese-purple and white tin-glazes. The angel kneels on its right knee with its left knee forward, the upper part of its body and head turned to the viewer. It holds a pedestal and vase with a pricket for a candle balanced on its left knee. It has shoulder-length wavy hair with a lock falling over its forehead. Its wings project behind it, from either side of a circular hole in its back. It wears a gown with a collar and cross bands; over its left shoulder it has a cloak, draped across in front and looped up below its right hip; over its right shoulder there is a narrow drape which falls down in front and is held up to the pedestal in its right hand. The base is narrow and irregularly shaped. The face, hands and feet are pinkish-buff; the gown is blue with a white collar and yellow cross-bands; the right sleeve is white at the bottom and has a green lining; the cloak is yellow with a purple lining. The hair, wings, pedestal and vase are white. The base is purple.


History note: Christie's, 21 November 1902, lot 66; purchased by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher at Eastbourne in 1904.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 76 cm
Width: 49 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Florence ⪼ Tuscany ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


16th Century
Circa 1500 CE - 1550 CE


Terracotta sculpture decorated with white and coloured tin-glazes was introduced by Luca della Robbia (1400-80), and was continued by his nephew Andrew (1435-1525), and his sons Giovanni (1469-1529/30) and Girolamo (1488-1566).

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Sculpture UK

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( lavender-blue, green, yellow, manganese-purple and white)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Greyish-buff terracotta, decorated with lavender-blue, green, yellow, manganese-purple and white tin-glazes.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2169-1928
Primary reference Number: 48202
External ID: CAM_CCF_C_2169_1928
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

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

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