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Woman holding a Bowl for Salt: C.2067-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Woman holding a Bowl for Salt


Pottery: Unidentified Westerwald pottery




Grey stoneware, press-moulded and salt-glazed. Thr elegantly-dressed standing woman holds a shallow circular bowl in front of her with both hands. She wears a high lace cap, a tight-waisted bodice with a stomacher, and sleeves and cuffs decorated with rosettes, and a wide conical skirt decorated in relief with vertical bands of closely set leaves, trailing stems of flowers, and trellis diaper pattern, and at the back, with panels of different closely set leaves. The edge of her bowl has a border of small impressed circles.


History note: Puttick & Simpson, 21 July 1916, part of lot 136; sold for £13.10s to Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 10.8 cm
Height: 18.3 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Early 18th Century
Circa 1700 CE - 1725 CE


This figure and its male companion (C.2066-1928) who holds a candle socket may have been used when their owner was writing, or at table. The bowl may have held salt, or possibly sand. Comparable figures of a man and woman are in the Victoria and Albert Museum, respectively, C. 109-1831 and C.110-1931, and the Musée de la Renaissance, Écouen, inv. E. Cl. 1709a and E.Cl. 1709b.

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Components of the work

Surface composed of salt-glaze
Bowl Diameter 6.4 cm
Lower Edge Width 8 cm

Materials used in production

grey Stoneware

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Press-moulded grey salt-glazed stoneware with decoration in relief

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2067-1928
Primary reference Number: 73068
Old object number: 4082
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 5 July 2022 Last processed: Tuesday 22 November 2022

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

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