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Shepherdess: C.3227-1928

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Object information

Current Location: In storage




Factory: Longton Hall Porcelain Manufactory




Glazed soft-paste porcelain.

Soft-paste porcelain, moulded, and glazed; the unglazed underside is recessed, and has a large circular ventilation hole under the figure. The rectangular base has rococo scrolls around the edge and a tree stump at the back. The shepherdess sits on the stu p with her right leg crossed over her left, her right hand held up to the side, and her left rests on the edge of a basket of flowers on her left thigh. She wears a broad-brimmed hat with a bow on its right side, a high-necked chemise, a dress with a short sack back and an open skirt which reveals her petticoat at the front. A small lamb lies on top of the base on her left.

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 12.1 cm
Width: 8.5 cm

Relative size of this object

8.5 cm12.1 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Newcastle-under-Lyme ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Second quarter of 18th century
George II
Production date: circa AD 1755


This figure was accessioned as Marieburg (Sweden) and was reattributed to Longton Hall by Dr Bernard Watney.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Visible Area composed of lead-glaze ( presumed lead-glaze)

Materials used in production

Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Soft-paste porcelain, moulded and lead-glazed

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3227-1928
Primary reference Number: 74538
Old object number: 3935
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 14 February 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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