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Venus and Adonis (?): C.3216-1928

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Venus and Adonis (?)




Glazed hard-paste porcelain

Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded and glazed on visible areas; the unglazed underside has a cross-shaped support, and in each quarter, a hollowed out depression, two roughly rectangular under the large figures at the front, and two smaller oval under the smaller ones at the back.The circular base has a rocky top and is decorated round the sides with rectangular meander wtih square four-petalled flowers in the spaces. Venus stands in front of a tree stump on the left, her left arm raised to hold up a long garland of flower. Adonis wearing a lion ? skin wrapped around him leans on a taller tree stump on the right with a hound at his feet.. Behind them is Cupid, who has laid his bow on the ground in front of thim, and holds up a stone, and a recumbent dog who watches him.


History note: Puttick & Simpson, London, 8 October 1920, part of lot 124; purchased with one other item for £3 guineas i.e. about £1.11.6d for this part, by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 17.8 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 18th century
Circa 1775 - 1800

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Components of the work

Visible Area composed of glaze ( clear)
Base Diameter 11.8 cm

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Hard-paste porelain, press-moulded in parts, assembled, and glazed

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: small rectangular paper label, now discoloured to buff

  • Text: 47
  • Location: On inside of side of base
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: rectangular with cut top corners and a narrow blue line border

  • Text: No 3806/Venice white/group ? Diana /Flora and Cupid/b. at Putticks/Oct 8.1920
  • Location: In one quarter of the underside
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in faded black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3216-1928
Primary reference Number: 74513
Old object number: 3806
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Monday 26 September 2022

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

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