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Chinese Lady: C.2749-1928

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Chinese Lady


Unidentified Delft factory (Factory)


Tin-glazed earthenware figure of a Chinese lady painted in blue, green, yellow, orange and manganese-purple

Buff earthenware, moulded, tin-glazed greyish-white, and painted in blue, green, yellow, brownish-orange, and manganese-purple. The slender woman stands with folded arms and her right hand tucked into her left sleeve. She has pale manganese-purple hair, and wears a long striped garment over which is a three-quarter length gown which is blue at the back and has a bluish-green skirt at the front, and voluminous sleeves with a pattern of wavy green and blue streaks and groups of brownish-orange spots. Below this is a brownish-orange garment, visible below the neckline which has a blue edge.


History note: Christie’s, London, 22 March 192, lot sold for 21 guineas to Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 25.5 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


Early 18th Century
Circa 1700 CE - 1730 1730 CE


This figure was probably derived from a Chinese blanc de chine figure, or from a painted figure on Chinese porcelain of the type known as a 'Long Eliza'

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration: composed of high temperature colours ( blue, green, yellow, orange and manganese-purple from metallic oxides) Base: Width 8 cm

Materials used in production

greyish-white Tin-glaze pale buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Pale buff earthenware, press-moulded in two halves, and hollow inside, tin-glazed, and painted in blue, green, yellow, brownish-orange and manganese-purple high temperature colours

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2749-1928
Primary reference Number: 74016
Old object number: 3820
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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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