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St Anne teaching the Virgin to read: C.2350-1928

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


St Anne teaching the Virgin to read


Factory: Unidentified Rennes factory (Probably)




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue, yellow, orange, and manganese-purple. 'Titled S: ANNE' on the front of the base

Earthenware, moulded, tin-glazed, and painted in blue, yellow, orange, and manganese-purple. St Anne is seated with a book resting on her knees. Her right arm is round the Virgin, who stands on her right looking into the book. The base is approximately square with a projection at the front, and is inscribed S : ANNE. The inscription, the top of the base and outlines are in manganese-purple, the majority of the figures is left white with sparing use of yellow, orange and blue to delineate their costume.


History note: Boisnard's shop, rue St Nicolas, Rouen, where purchased on 31 May 1913 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 25 cm
Width: 12 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Rennes ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, second half#
Circa 1750 CE - 1799 CE


The attribution to Rennes is uncertain. Faience factories were founded in Rennes in 1748 and in 1749.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, yellow, orange, and manganese)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Earthenware, moulded, tin-glazed and painted in blue, yellow, orange and manganese-purple high-temperature colours

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: S: ANNE
  • Location: On front of base
  • Method of creation: Painted in manganese
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2350-1928
Primary reference Number: 73389
Old object number: 3688
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 February 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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