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The Adoration of the Kings: C.2-1935

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


The Adoration of the Kings


Production: uncertain




Earthenware moulded in high relief and coloured with blue, pale green, pale yellow, and manganese-purple and clear glazes. Rectangular with a projecting basin at the bottom. The Holy Family are situated in the middle of an ornate architectural setting with two columns on the left and a triumphal arch in the background. A bearded man leans over a balcony at top right. Two kings wearing hats approach from the right, and the third is either a man wearing a hat who is partly hidden by one of the columns, or a bare-headed man kneeling on the base of the other column. Below the figures, projecting from the middle of a balustrade there is a hemi-spherical basin for holy water, decorated on the front with a winged cherub's head. The reverse is concealed by the wooden back of the carved and gilt wood frame.


History note: Francis Bennett Goldeney ; Lt Col. Kenneth Dingwall, DSO

Legal notes

Given by Lt Col. Kenneth Dingwall, DSO

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1935-02-04) by Dingwall, Kenneth, Lt Col., DSO


17th Century#
1600 CE - 1650 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Frame composed of wood gilt Depth 3.6 cm Height 40.5 cm Width 29.5 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding in relief

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: elongated rectangular paper label with cut corners and wide printed blue border with a narrow blue line inside it

  • Text: French.Palissy School/16th century pottery. a/similar in V.A. museum
  • Location: On the wooden back board of the frame
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: rectangular pale brown paper label printed in black with a square boarder with crosses in the corners and arrow-like motifs along the sides

  • Text: printed in black 'F.B. GOLDNEY./LOAN/No' and hand-written in black ink '78'
  • Location: On the wooden back board of the rame near the top left corne
  • Method of creation: Printed in black and hand-written in black
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: circular paper label discoloured pale brown

  • Text: printed in black 'K./DINGWALL/COLLECTION/No.' and hand-written in black ink'D K.X./180
  • Location: On the wooden back board of the frame beside the lower edge
  • Method of creation: Printed in black and hand-written in black
  • Type: Collector's label

Inscription present: circular paper label with serrated edge

  • Text: printed in a semi-circle in black T.G. & Co. (London), Ltd.' and hand-written in black '532/Repair'
  • Location: On the wooden back board of the frame on the right side
  • Method of creation: Printed in black and hand-written in black, now faded
  • Type: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2-1935
Primary reference Number: 73199
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 6 October 2016 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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