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Lamp: C.2260-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Maiolica lamp in the shape of a woman, painted in green, yellow and brown.

Earthenware, tin-glazed pale yellowish-grey on the exterior; hollow interior unglazed. Painted in green, yellow, and manganese-brown.
Thrown and modelled.
The woman stands on a circular base with an upturned edge. She wears a dress with a full, striped skirt, decorated with two brown flounces. Its green bodice has a pointed waistline and low V-neckline, filled in by a white chemisette with a turned-down collar and four yellow buttons. The narrow sleeves widen to a bell-shape at the lower edge which is fringed. Her gloves are brown. On her head she has a yellow hat with an upturned brim, decorated at the front with a green feather. The crown of the hat is hollow and serves as a receptacle for the oil. On each side of it is a hole for a wick. The back is undecorated.


History note: Brides-les-Bains, Savoy, where purchased on 29 August 1913 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher (MS Cat. 3725).

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Dr J.W.L. Galisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 16.5 cm
Height: 32.6 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Caltagirone ⪼ Sicily ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th century
Circa 1850 CE - 1900 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( green, yellow, and manganese-brown)
Exterior composed of tin-glaze

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Earthenware, tin-glazed pale yellowish-grey on the exterior; hollow interior unglazed. Painted in green, yellow, and manganese-brown. Thrown and modelled.
Modelling (forming)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2260-1928
Primary reference Number: 73296
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 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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