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Man riding a horse: C.47-1997

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Current Location: In storage


Man riding a horse


Factory: Unidentified factory




Yellow-glazed earthenware

Earthenware, press-moulded in two halves, and glazed yellow. The horse is supported on an oval mound which is concave underneath. The man wears a low-crowned hat and sits astride the horse with his head turned towards the viewer. The horse stands in profile with its hooves together.


History note: Uncertain before G.H.W. Rylands, Litt. D., CBE, CH, King's College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Given by G.H.W. Rylands in memory of his mother, Betha Wolferstan Rylands

Measurements and weight

Height: 6.8 cm
Length: 5.7 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1997-07-14) by Rylands, G.H.W.


19th Century, Early#
George IV
Circa 1820 CE - 1830 CE


Yellow glazed earthenwares were produced by a number of English potteries during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The yellow colour of earlier examples was produced from a mix of litharge (lead monoxide), antimony and tin or lead ash, with proportions varied to produce different tones. From around 1830, chrome pigment became available as a simpler alternative. Very few pieces of yellow-glazed ware are marked, but those that are show that makers included at least nine Staffordshire potteries, including Wedgwood, Spode, Enoch Wood and John Shorthouse, as well as potteries in Rotherham, Leeds, Newcastle-on-Tyne and Sunderland. Small, simply modelled and plain glazed figures were cheap to produce and popular.

Materials used in production

bright yellow Lead-glaze

Techniques used in production

Press-moulded : Earthenware, press-moulded in two halves and joined together before coating with yellow lead-glaze; the mark of the join can be seen

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.47-1997
Primary reference Number: 75219
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 15 November 2019 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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