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Male Spanish Dancer: C.45-1930

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Male Spanish Dancer


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




Earthenware figure of a man holding castanets decorated with coloured glazes

Cream earthenware, press-moulded, and decorated with clear blue-tinted, and pale shades of green, yellow, and greyish- brown, dark brown, and lead-glazes, and two spots of blue glaze for the eyes. The figure is supported on a straight-sided square base which is hollow underneath and has a central diamond-shaped ventilation hole. The man stands on a low grassy mound in front of a tree trunk which serves as a support. He steps forward on his left leg, and holds out both hands grasping castanets. His head is tilted back slightly. He wears a broad-brimmed black hat with traces of gilding round the edge, a white open-necked shirt, a brown coat with yellow sleeves, a green waistcoat, yellow breeches with scalloped lower edges to the legs, and dark brown boots.


History note: Stoner & Evans, London

Legal notes

Bought with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 20.9 cm
Width: 9.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Burslem ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1930-11-14) by Stoner & Evans


18th Century, Late
George III
Circa 1787 CE - Circa 1800 CE


This Spanish dancer has a female companion, C.46-1930. They were made by either Ralph Wood II or his son Ralph Wood III. The models were in production by 1787 when John Wood's sales ledger records on 25 January that he had bought from his brother Ralph '1 pr Spanish figures suppose dancing' for 3 shillings. as part of an order for Andrew Barr. Marked examples probably date from 1789 -1801 when Ralph, and after his death in 1795, his son, were working at the Hill Pottery in Burslem.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of lead-glaze ( clear blue-tinted, green, yellow, pale greyish-brown, dark brown, and black) gold ( trace on edge of hat brim)
Base Depth 7 cm Width 7 cm

Materials used in production

cream Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Cream earthenware, press-moulded in parts and assembled, decorated with clear blue-tinted, green, pale yellow, pale greyish-brown, dark brown, and black lead-glazes; also two spots of blue glaze, and traces of gilding on the hat

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Ra. Wood/Burslem/71
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Maker's mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.45-1930
Primary reference Number: 75148
Glaisher Addition number: Gl.Add.15-1930
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 Last processed: Tuesday 19 September 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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