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Haymaker: C.39-1930

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)




Potter: Wood, John (II) (Perhaps)
Potter: Wood, Ralph, II (Probably)




Earthenware figure of a girl haymaker decorated with clear and coloured glazes

Cream earthenware, press-moulded, and decorated with clear and coloured glazes: green, pale yellow, pale brown, manganese-brown, dark brown, and a little blue. The figure is supported on a low square base with straight sides covered with clear very slightly blue tinted glaze. It is hollow underneath and has a ventilation hole under the figure. The girl stands with her feet apart next to a tree stump on a mound with roughly fluted pale brown sides, and a green top, decorated with two green applied flowers and leaves. She faces to the front with her head turned slightly to her left. Her left arm hangs down by her side, and her right is curved around a small keg which rests on top of the tree stump. Perched on top of her head is a low crowned hat with a wide brim, and she wears a green bodice laced over a chemise and stomacher, a pale yellow kerchief with blue spots, a brown skirt with an apron looped up over the front, and dark brown shoes with yellow markings.


History note: John Henry Taylor collection; 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 595

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Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 19.3 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Burslem ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Late
Circa 1783 CE - Circa 1800 CE


Made by either John Wood, or his brother Ralph Wood II, or possibly his son Ralph Wood III

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of lead-glaze ( coloured green, pale yellow, pale brown, manganese-brown, dark brown, and a little blue) metallic oxides ( to colour the lead-glaze)
Base Depth 6.8 cm Width 6.7 cm

Materials used in production

cream Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Cream earthenware, press-moulded in parts, assembled, and decorated with clear and coloured lead-glazes

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.39-1930
Primary reference Number: 74767
Glaisher Addition number: GL.Add.7-1930
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 13 December 2022 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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