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The Lovers: C.804-1928

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Current Location: In storage


The Lovers


Factory: Unidentified Staffordshire factory




White salt-glazed stoneware group of a seated gentleman embracing a lady seated beside him

Greyish-white stoneware, press-moulded and salt-glazed. The underside is closed and has a small ventilation hole. The base is in the form of a three sided rock or mound with two circular holes pierced through the top behind the couple, who sit close together on its top. The man has his left arm around the woman's shoulders and she has her left arm around his. He has raised the woman's skirt to reveal her left knee and she places her left hand on his to restrain or encourage him. She wears a round cap, an open jacket over a stomacher, and a full skirt, and he has a shirt, jacket, breeches and buckled shoes (his right leg is missing).


History note: Cyril Andrade, London, from whom bought with a variant group (C.805-1928) on 28 June 1922 for £50 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, London

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 15.5 cm
Width: 11.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Mid
George II
Circa 1750 CE - 1755 CE


The two holes in the top of the back of the base were probably intended to take the lower ends of metal branches for candles.

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Components of the work

Surface composed of salt-glaze

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Off-white stoneware, press-moulded, and salt-glazed

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Square white paper label with cut corners, and Prussian blue line border

  • Text: No. 3822/white saltglaze/model for the /group of the 'Lovers'/without the tree/behind./b. in London'/June 28 1922
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.804-1928
Primary reference Number: 76126
Old object number: 3822
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 8 October 2021 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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