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Virgin and Child: C.2059-1928

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Virgin and Child


Pottery: Unidentified Westerwald pottery




Grey stoneware, moulded, painted in cobalt-blue and manganese-purple, and salt-glazed. The Virgin stands on a small irregular hexagonal base with straight slightly sloping sides. She is crowned and wears a manganese-purple dress, a blue over dress, and blue shoes. Nine holes are pierced into the skirts of her garments. She holds the Christ Child in her left arm, supporting him with her right hand. He wears a small rounded crown, and long manganese-purple dress, and holds a blue orb in his left hand. The orb has a hole at the top, presumably to hold a Cross, now missing. The Virgin's crown is also pierced , and the front of the base.


History note: Mr George Stoner, London, from whom purchased for £5 on 7 February 1908 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, Trinity College, Cambridge.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 6.3 cm
Height: 27.5 cm
Width: 11.4 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century
Circa 1700 CE - 1800 CE


Stoneware classified as Westerwald was made in the villages of Höhr, Grenzhausen and Grenzau in the Rhine valley opposite to Coblenz, and in several other nearby villages.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of cobalt manganese
Surface composed of salt-glaze
Base Width 8 cm

Materials used in production

grey Stoneware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Grey stoneware, press-moulded, painted in cobalt-blue and manganese-purple, and salt-glazed

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2059-1928
Primary reference Number: 73060
Old object number: 2765
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 July 2022 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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