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Venus: C.2746B-1928

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Probably Unidentified Delft factory (Production)


Tin-glazed earthenware figure of Venus accompanied by a peaock painted in blue, green, yellow, red, and manganese-purple

Pale buff earthenware, moulded, tin-glazed bluish-white, and painted in blue, green, yellow, red, and manganese-purple. The slender figure is supported on a circular mound base painted green with small red flecks here and there. Venus stands in front of a peaock, which is painted in blue and yellow. She stands on her right foot with left a little behind it. She holds a yellow fruit in the hand of her extended left arm. Her right arm hangs down beside her. Her flesh is tinted and shaded in pale blue. She wears a yellow and red head band, and a yellow knee-length tunic with a red striped border at the top, and a red string below her breasts.


History note: Sotheby’s, 12 June 1906, part of lot 189, with three related 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: 16.3 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


Late 18th to 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.Rackham (1935) however, considered that they were Dutch and early 18th century.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, green, yellow, red, and manganese-purple) Base Diameter 5.6 cm

Materials used in production

pale buff Earthenware slightly bluish Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Pale buff earthenware, tin-glazed bluish-white, and painted in blue, green, yellow, red, and manganese-purple

Inscription or legends present

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

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2746B-1928
Primary reference Number: 74010
Old object numberf: 2423
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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