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Mansion House Dwarf: C.24-1996

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Current Location: In storage


Mansion House Dwarf


Factory: Derby Porcelain Factory
Proprietor: Robert Bloor & Co.




Soft-paste porcelain figure of a dwarf wearing a tall hat, painted in polychrome enamels and gilt.

Soft-paste porcelain figure of a dwarf, slip-cast, and painted overglaze in dark blue, turquoise-blue, shades of green, yellow, orange, pink, red, pale and dark mauve, brown, and black enamels, and gilt. The dwarf stands on a roughly circular low mound base with two groups of applied flowers and leaves. He has his right hand on his hip and his left holds a staff. He wears a tall funnel-shaped hat with a sheet of advertisements on the front, encircled below by a draped ribbon with a bow on one side and a group of leaves on the other, beside which two quill pens are passed under the ribbon. His jacket has playing cards on the sides and sleeves, multi-colour triangles down the front and on the back, three small beakers and a large beaker, a sword crossed with a pistol, two dice, two, rings, and a ? key. Attached to the shoulders are short blue ribbons. His trunk hose are striped in green and red, and there are dark mauve bows on the front of his black shoes. He has a handle-bar mustaches and wears earrings.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Philip McClean

Measurements and weight

Height: 17.7 cm
Width: 9.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Derby ⪼ Derbyshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1996-07-15) by McClean, Philip


19th Century, Early#
George III
George IV
Bloor Period
Circa 1811 - 1820


The dwarves were derived from etchings by Jacques Callot in the series entitled 'Varie figure gobbi di Jacopo Callot', executed in Florence in 1616, and published in 1622. This model, was derived from L'homme au ventre tombant, et a chapeau très élèvé, see See Lieure, 1927, An example is in the Fitzwilliam Museum Print Room (24.I.9.762). The model had been produced earlier at Meissen, Mennecy, and Chelsea. The prints do not feature the notices pinned to the dwarves' hats, which appear on some of the later Derby models.

This is a late example of this model, indicated by the garish colouring

This model and its companion were described as 'Pair of Grotesque Punches' in Haslem's 'Price List of Groups and Single Figures' made at Derby, see Documentation 1876.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( dark blue, turquoise-blue, shades of green, yellow, orange, pink, red, pale and dark mauve, brown, and balck)
Deocration composed of gold

Materials used in production

might be bone china if after c. 1825 Soft-paste porcelain
presumed lead Lead-glaze

Techniques used in production

Slip-casting : Soft-paste porcelain, slip-cast, and painted overglaze in dark blue, turquoise-blue, shades of green, yellow, orange, pink, red, pale and dark mauve, brown, and balck enamels, and gilded
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: script N followed by small raised o

  • Text: No 227
  • Location: On underside of base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.24-1996
Primary reference Number: 73489
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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