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Temperance: C.36-1930

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Object information

Current Location: In storage




Factory: Wood, Ralph, II (Probably)




Earthenware figure decorated with coloured lead-glazes

Pale buff earthenware, press-moulded, and decorated with green, greyish pale-blue, brown, and black lead-glazes. The underside of the base is open and unglazed. Temperance, represented as a woman, stands on a roughly circular rocky base coloured green beside a pile of masonry supporting a jar with water issuing from its mouth. She faces to the front and rests her left hand on the top of the masonry. Herbrown hair is dressed in a chignon at the back of her head with tresses hanging down from it onto her shoulders. She wears a long green dress, with a low neck and elbow-length sleeves which is open at the front to show a black stomacher and petticoat, and black shoes. The black glaze has run down onto the top of the base.


History note: John Henry Taylor (1849-1930); sold Sotheby's, 14 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 597

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 18.7 cm
Width: 8.8 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 1782 - Circa 1795


Probably made at Burslem in the factory of Ralph Wood II (d. 1795), or possibly his son Ralph Wood III (d. 1805).

Components of the work

Decoration composed of lead-glaze ( green, pale greyish-blue, brown, and black)
Base Depth 6.8 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : PPale buff earthenware, press-moulded, and decorated with green, greyish pale-blue, brown, and black lead-glazes. The underside of the base is open and unglazed.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.36-1930
Primary reference Number: 74676
Glaisher Addition number: GL.Add.5-1930
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 1 August 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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

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