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Shepherd: C.47-1930

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Current Location: In storage




Pottery: Wood, Ralph, II (Probably)




Cream earthenware figure of a shepherd and his dog decorated with coloured glazes

Cream earthenware, press-moulded, decorated with clear bluish, and green, pale yellow, dull pink, brown, and dark brown lead-glazes, and gilded. The standing shepherd and his seated dog are on a rocky base with a tree stump at the back, supported on a low square plinth. The underside is open and has a circular ventilation hole under the figure. The shepherd stands on his right leg with his left relaxed at the knee. His head and body are turned slightly to his right, and he holds up his right hand to hold a crook, now missing. His left hand is extended a little way in front of him. His face and hands are dull pink, and he has a dark brown hat with a turned up brim at the front, and two feathers attached to the left side of the crown. He wears a bluish-white shirt and waistcoat, a brown coat, pale yellow breeches, bluish-white stockings and dark brown shoes. There are remnants of gilding on the buttons and buttonholes of his coat, and the ties of his left shoe. The dog is dark brown.

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 25.2 cm
Width: 8.4 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 1782 - Circa 1795


Probably made by Ralph Wood II at Burslem, or after his death i 1795 by his son Ralph Wood III. It is also possible that it was produced by Ralph II's brother John Wood at Brownhills.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of lead-glaze ( green, pale yellow, dull flesh pink, brown, dark brown, and clear bluish lead-glazes)
Base Depth 6.9 cm Width 6.9 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Cream earthenware, press-moulded, and painted with green, pale yellow, dull flesh pink, brown, dark brown, and clear blue-tinted lead-glazes

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.47-1930
Primary reference Number: 75212
Glaisher Addition number: Gl. Add.13-1930
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 31 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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