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Lady and Gentleman in an Arbour: C.803-1928

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Lady and Gentleman in an Arbour


Unidentified Staffordshire factory (Production)


White stoneware with brown slip details and salt-glaze. The lovers are seated on a rounded three sided hollow rock base under an arbour formed of separately moulded vine leaves rising from the rock behind them. The lady (on the viewer's right) has her right arm around the gentleman's waist, and his left arm is around her shoulder with the hand resting on the left side of her head The gentleman is seated with his legs crossed. He has raised her skirt to reveal her right lower leg, and the lady places her hand on his as if to prevent further advances - or perhaps to encourage them? She wears a round cap, a jacket with elbow-length sleeves, and three ribbons across her stomacher, over a long full skirt. He wears a cravat and shirt, a waistcoat ,and a coat with eight buttons over knee-length breeches. Both figures have rather full cheeks, and their eyes are picked out in dark brown slip.


History note: Acquired from a private collector by Mr Stoner [George], Stoner & Evans, London; purchased from him on 15 June 1910 for £55 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 17.8 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


Mid 18th Century
George II
Circa 1750 - 1755 1755

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Eyes: composed of slip ( dark brown) Surface: composed of salt-glaze

Materials used in production

off-white Stoneware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Off-white stoneware, moulded in parts, assembled, eyes painted in dark-brown slip, and salt-glazed

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.803-1928
Primary reference Number: 76125
Old object number: 3127
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 19 October 2021 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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