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A Dog with Two Geese: C.6-1961

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Current Location: In storage


A Dog with Two Geese
Translated as: Chasse au Canard


Production: Vincennes Porcelain Manufactory




Soft-paste porcelain group of a dog with two geese, decorated with enamels, and gilding.

Soft-paste porcelain, press-moulded in parts, decorated overglaze with green, pink, shades of brown, and grey enamels, and with remnants of gilding. The base is unglazed and has a small, central, oval ventilation hole. The dog, perhaps a large, clipped poodle, stands on a rocky base. He is attacking two geese, one of which lies on the ground beneath him, the other is held by its neck in his mouth. Behind the dog there is a clump of bulrushes. The dog is painted brown with darker brown ears, eyebrows and whiskers, and has a pink nose. The geese are shaded in grey. The rushes are green with a brown bullrush head. The base is uncoloured but has remnants of gilding round the edge.


History note: Uncertain before Louis C.G. Clarke, Cambridge

Legal notes

Louis C.G. Clarke Bequest, 1960

Place(s) associated

  • Vincennes ⪼ Val-de-Marne ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1961-04-27) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray


18th Century, Mid#
Louis XV
Circa 1752 CE - 1756 CE


This group was probably decorated outside the factory at a much later date and the mark for 1763 added then. This is suggested by the application of enamel on the rushes over the breaks. This date could have been chosen because there is an example of this model in the biscuit with incised F mark, presented to the Duchess of Bedford as part of a service in 1763, and still at Woburn Abbey

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( green, pink, shades of brown, and grey) gold pigment ( small remnants)
Over Bullrush Height 13.8 cm
Base Length 21.6 cm

Materials used in production

presumed lead-glaze Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Soft-paste porcelain, press-moulded, and painted in green, pink, shades of brown, and grey enamels, and with remnants of gilding.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: interlaced L's enclosing K
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue enamel
  • Type: Factory mark

Inscription present: two hearts joined together, pierced by an arrow

  • Location: On top of the rocky base, at the back
  • Method of creation: Incised underglaze
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.6-1961
Primary reference Number: 75669
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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