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The Lovers: C.805-1928

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The Lovers


Unidentified Staffordshire factory (Factory)


White salt-glazed stoneware group of a man and woman seated on a mound

Off-white stoneware, press-moulded and salt-glazed. The underside is closed. The three-sided base is in the form of a rock or mound with sloping sides and has a circular hole on its top behind the couple, who sit close together embracing. He has his left arm around her shoulder and she has her right arm around his. His right hand is placed on her knee and her left hand rests on his wrist. She wears a round cap, a low-necked open jacket with a sack back over a stomacher, and a full skirt. Her lover wears a shirt, a jacket and breeches. His right leg is missing below the knee.


History note: Cyril Andrade, London, from whom bought with a variant figure for £50 on 28 June 1922 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 10.2 cm
Width: 10.2 cm

Relative size of this object

10.2 cm10.2 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 hole in the top of the base was probably intended to take the lower end of a candle branch. The model is close to C.804-1928 but the woman's right lower leg and knee are not visible, and it is smaller in scale.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Surface: composed of salt-glaze

Materials used in production

white Stoneware

Techniques used in production

Salt-glazing Press-moulding

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular white paper stick on label with Prussian blue line border on three sides

  • Text: No 3823/White saltglaze/model ?/group rest illegible
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in faded black ink
  • Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.805-1928
Primary reference Number: 76127
Old object number: 3823
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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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