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Bacchus: C.2746A-1928

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Current Location: In storage




Unidentified Delft factory (Production)


Tin-glazed earthenware figure of Bacchus painted in blue, green, yellow, yellowish-brown, dark reddish-brown, and manganese-purple.

Buff earthenware, moulded, tin-glazed, and painted in blue, green, yellow, yellowish-brown, dark reddish-brown, and manganese-purple. The figure stands on a circular mound base painted green with a yellowish-brown tree trunk at the back. It is convex underneath and has a ventilation hold under the tree stump. Bacchus stands in front of it with his left leg forward. His left arm is raised and he holds a bunch of grapes in his left hand. His right arm is extended a little to the side and he holds a yellow standing cup in that hand. His hair is yellow and on both sides of his head is decorated with grapes and leaves. He is nude apart from a manganese-purple cloak which is suspended from a reddish-brown strap over his right shoulder.


History note: Sotheby’s, 12 June 1906, part of lot 189, with three other figures, and two unrelated items; purchased for £1.10.0 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 18 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Delft ⪼ Holland ⪼ United Provinces of the Netherlands

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th century
Circa 1780 CE - 1880 CE


Although this figure and its companions bear the mark of Pieter Kocs who directed the Greek A Factory between 1701-22, they were probably made in the 19th century, or were made in the late 18th century and had the red mark applied to them overglaze in the 19th century

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, green, yellow, yellowish-brown, reddish-brown, and manganese-purple) Base Diameter 5.8 cm

Materials used in production

pale buff Earthenware slightly bluish Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Pale buff earthenware, moulded, tin-glazed and painted in blue, green, yellow, yellowsh-brown, reddish-brown, and manganese-purple

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: APK in monogram
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted in red
  • Type: Factory mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2746A-1928
Primary reference Number: 74009
Old object number: 2426
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

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

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