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Fisher Boy: C.34-1930

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Fisher Boy


Potter: Wood, Ralph, II (Perhaps)
Production: Unidentified Staffordshire factory




Earthenware figure decorated with coloured lead-glazes

Off-white earthenware, press-moulded, and decorated with clear blue-tinted, blue, green, a little yellow, and dark brown lead-glazes. The boy stands in front of a tree stump on a small circular mound base, which is hollow and unglazed underneath. His skin is bluish-white and his eyes are picked out in dark brown. He wears a pale green cap with a long tail at the back, a bluish-white shirt with a frilled collar, a blue coat, a small blue apron, bluish-white trunks, and dark brown boots. He holds up his apron which is full of shells.


History note: John Henry Taylor (1849-1930); sold Sotheby's, 14th November 1930, Catalogue of the Valuable Collections of English Pottery & Porcelain, Glass, Objects of Vertu and Furniture, the Property of the late John Henry Taylor, Esq., Newstead, Birstall, Leicestershire, lot 585.

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 13.1 cm
Width: 5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Burslem ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1930-11-14) by Sotheby's


18th Century, Late
George III
Circa 1780 - Circa 1795


The facial features of this figure are different from typical Ralph Wood figures, and it may have been made by another factory. It is also known with the small mound mounted on a square base decorated with a garland across the front (Royal Pavilion Brighton, HW1194)

Components of the work

Decoration composed of lead-glaze ( in translucent blue-tinted, blue, green, dark brown, and yellow,)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.34-1930
Primary reference Number: 74605
Glaisher Addition number: Gl.Add.8-1930
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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