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Three Boys on a Rock: C.3219-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Three Boys on a Rock


Factory: Le Nove Porcelain Factory




Glazed hard-paste porcelain

Greyish-white hard-paste porcleian, press-mouled in parts, and glazed, except for the interior of the hollow base. The three little boys are perching on a rock which is partly covered by a drape, and has at the top, a fountain the form of an open-mouthed mask with a shell basin below it. The boy seated on the viewer's right of the shell wears a Roman helmet and cloak; the one seated on the top to the left of the mask wears a turban and an open coat with a frill round the neck, and the boy standing at the back wears a turban and a cuirass al antica, and a drape.


History note: Sotheby's London, 23 November 1923, lot 24, attributed to Plymouth; bought by the porter for £8 on behalf of 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
Width: 10.6 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Le Nove ⪼ The Veneto ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 18th century
Antonibon-Parolin period
Circa 1780 CE - 1790 CE


The attribution is uncertain, Rackham attributed it to Venice, but it seems more likely to be from Le Nove

Components of the work

Visible Area composed of glaze

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3219-1928
Primary reference Number: 74517
Old object number: 4243
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Monday 26 September 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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