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Apollo: C.2746D-1928

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Unidentified Delft factory (Production)


Tin-glazed earthenware figure of Apollo painted in blue, green, yellow, and red

Pale buff earthenware, moulded, tin-glazed bluish-white, and painted in blue, green, yellow, and red. The figure is supported on a circular straight-sided green mound base with a blue and yellow tree stump at the back. Apollo stands in front of it with his right leg slightly advanced. He holds a green wreath in his left hand and has his right bent at the elbow. He has yellow hair and is nude except for a strategically-placed red scarf. The contours of his body are shaded in blue.


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: 15.6 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 three companions bear the mark of Pieter Kocs who directed the Greek A Factory between 1701-22, they were probably made in the 19th century. Rackham (1935) however, considered that they were Dutch and early 18th century, but mentioned that their authenticity had been questioned.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, green, yellow, and red) Base Diameter 5.8 cm

Materials used in production

bluish-white Tin-glaze pale buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing Moulding

Inscription or legends present

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

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2746D-1928
Primary reference Number: 74012
Old object number: 2425
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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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