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The Lovers: C.804-1928

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The Lovers


Unidentified Staffordshire factory (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

Relative size of this object

11.5 cm15.5 cm What does this represent?

Relative size of this object is displayed using code inspired by Good Form and Spectacle's work on the British Museum's Waddeson Bequest website and their dimension drawer. They chose a tennis ball to represent a universally sized object, from which you could envisage the size of an object.

Acquisition and important dates

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


Mid 18th Century
George II
Circa 1750 CE - 1755 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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People, subjects and objects depicted

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
  • Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.804-1928
Primary reference Number: 76126
Old object number: 3822
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 8 October 2021 Last processed: Tuesday 19 October 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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