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Wig stand: C.2306-1928

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Production: Nevers




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue and black with birds, flowers and foliage

Pale red earthenware, tin-glazed overall and painted in two shades of blue with black outlines. The globular top is hollow and has a ventilation hole at top centre. It is supported on a circular stepped and domed foot rising into a short stem with an anulet at its junction with the globe. The top of the globe is painted with two concentric circles around the ventilation hole, a band of semi-circular motifs, and another narrow circle. The rest of the globe is painted with two arrangements of stylized flowers and foliage, one of which has a bird perching on the right and another on the left. The anulet is blue and has two horizontal bands below it. The top of the foot is decorated with a border of alternating V and petal shapes with two narrow bands beyond them.


History note: Gouy et fils, 56, rue Beauvoisine, Rouen, from whom purchased for 40 francs on 14 January 1903 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 17 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Nevers ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

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


Second half of 17th century
Louis XIV (1638-1715)
Circa 1650 CE - 1700 CE


This object was bought as an ornament, and was later described as a wig stand in Rackham's Catalogue of the Glaisher Collection, 1935, but seems too small for that purpose.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue from cobalt and manganese-purple)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing (pottery technique)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2306-1928
Primary reference Number: 73327
Old object number: 1619
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 19 July 2021 Last processed: Tuesday 14 February 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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