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The Arts of Drama and Music: C.3203-1928

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The Arts of Drama and Music


Decorator: Solon, Louis-Marc-Emmanuel
Maker of plaque: Clauss, Alphonse-Marx (Probably)




Hard-paste porcelain panel decorated in pâte-sur-pâte in white on a greyish-green ground with the arts of Drama and Music seated back to back, accompanied by groups of children. Gilt-metal frame with suspension loops

Hard-paste porcelain the upper surface covered in a grey-green slip, and decorated in pâte-sur-pâte in white. On a plinth decorated with a tragic mask and trumpets are seated back to back,on the viewer's right, a man writing on a table, representing Drama, and on the viewer's left, a woman holding a lyre, representing Music, with on either side groups of lightly draped children. The four on the left are singing, while one of them holds a book, and of the three on the right, one holds up a mask, and two hold up a mask between them. The panel has a gilt-metal frame with two suspension rings attached to loops on the top edge.


History note: Purchased on May 20 1926 from F.J. Morrell of Stoke-on-Trent by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Place(s) associated

  • Paris ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th Century, third quarter#
Napoleon III
Circa 1865 CE - 1870 CE


Between 1858 and 1870 Solon was employed by the Sèvres porcelain manufactory and played an important part in developing pâte-sur-pâte decoration. He also undertook commissions in his own studio in Paris. This porcelain plaque may have been supplied to him from the factory of Alphonse-Marx Clauss, and after decoration have been fired by there. The plaque is signed 'MILES' a pseudonym made up of Solon's initials, which he used on commissions executed in his own studio for the Paris dealer, Eugene Rousseau (1827-91). The plaque must have been executed before 1870 when Solon left France for England on the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War. In August 1870 he arrived in Stoke-on Trent, and was employed by the Minton factory.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Front composed of slip ( grey-green, and white) glaze
Plaque Height 13.5 cm Length 45.8 cm

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: MILES
  • Location: Lower right
  • Type: Mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3203-1928
Primary reference Number: 74504
Old object number: 4914
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 29 March 2023 Last processed: Friday 15 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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