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Faith or Religion: C.1811-1928

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Titles

Faith or Religion

Maker(s)

uncertain (Pottery)

Description

Buff earthenware, moulded, and decorated with blue, yellow, mulberry (manganese), and transparent lead-glazes. The figure is supported on a shallow circular blue base. The saint or allegorical figure, steps forward on her left foot, looking downwards slightly towards an open book held in her left hand. Her right hand she holds a purse-like socket for the insertion of an attribute, possibly a palm, now missing. She wears a greyish-blue veil, a long dark mulberry-coloured robe and shoes, a dull yellow belt, a long blue cloak.\par

Notes

History note: Prince Pierre Soltykoff ; sold Paris, Hôtel Drouot, (Roussel, Caran and Juste) 8 April - 1 May, 1861, Objets d'art et de haute curiosité composant la célèbre collection de Prince Soltykoff, lot 635. Dr Hugh Playfair, 7 Upper Brook Street, London; sold Sotheby's, 4 May 1928, Pottery, Porcelain and Glass, Pictures and Furniture, lot 42; purchased for £27 by Mr Rochelle Thomas for Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 21.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Avon ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

Early 17th Century
Circa 1600 CE - 1620 1620 CE

Note

When purchased by Glaisher the figure was described as 'a rare Palissy figure of a female Saint'. It is now thought more likely to have been made after his death at Avon, Fontainebleau. The figure might be a saint, but is also reminiscent of the representation of Religion on p. 456 of the illustrated edition of Cesare Ripa's 'Iconologia' published in Rome in 1603, although it holds a book in its left hand instead of flames signifying devotion.

School or Style

Renaissance

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Visible Surfaces: composed of lead-glaze ( clear, and coloured blue, yellow, manganese) Colourant: composed of manganese cobalt-blue Decoration:

Materials used in production

Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Buff earthenware, moulded, and decorated with clear, blue, yellow, and manganese glazes

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1811-1928
Primary reference Number: 72673
Old object number: 5022
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 27 January 2021 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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