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Flask in the form of a Woman holding a Bird: C.1252-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Flask in the form of a Woman holding a Bird


Pottery: J. Bourne & Co.




Buff stoneware, the upper part partially dipped dark brown, and salt-glazed. The flask is moulded in the form a woman standing beside a column. She is shown facing to the front, and has her hair dressed with a centre parting and long ringlets in bunches on either side of her face and neck. She wears a decolleté high waisted dress and in her right hand holds up the skirt slightly so that her right toe is visible. In her left hand she holds to her breast a bird with outstretched wings. The back impressed 'DENBY & CODNOR PARK. BOURNE'S POTTERIES. DERBYSHIRE


History note: Sotheby's, 28 March 1917, part of lot 35; bought for £2 (the lot) by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Place(s) associated

  • Denby ⪼ Derbyshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


Second quarter of 19th century
1835 CE - 1840 CE


The Codnor Park pottery was founded in 1820 by the Butterley Iron Company. In 1833 it was taken over by Joseph Bourne, the proprietor of the Denby pottery, who ran it until 1861. The mark indicates that the flask was made after 1833.

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Inscription or legends present

  • Location: On the back
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Factory mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1252-1928
Primary reference Number: 71671
Old object number: 4726
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 11 October 2018 Last processed: Wednesday 11 January 2023

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

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