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The Spinario: C.808-1928

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Current Location: In storage


The Spinario


Factory: Unidentified Staffordshire factory (Probably)




White salt-glazed stoneware

White salt-glazed stoneware, the figure possibly slip-cast, the base press-moulded, and having a small round ventilation hole under the figure. The base is rectangular with incurved sides. Applied to its top is a shallow oval area of ground with on its left end a low stone or tree stump on which the Spinario is seated. He has shoulder-length hair curling back from his forehead, and is nude apart from a flower which conceals his genitals. He has his right leg outstretched and his left raised and bent at the knee so that the foot rests on his right thigh. He holds the foot with his left hand and pulls the thorn from the heel with his right.


History note: Mr A.E. Clarke, Cambridge; Cyril Andrade, Duke Street, St James's, London, from whom purchased in 1919 for £30 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 13.5 cm
Width: 14 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Third quarter of 18th century
George II
Circa 1755 CE - 1760 CE


This figure was probably inspired by the bronze Spinario in the Palazzo dei Conservatori in Rome, or a later copy, although it sits on a lower stump and therefore has its right leg more outstretched than the original.

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Surface composed of salt-glaze

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.808-1928
Primary reference Number: 76131
Old object number: 4065
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 8 October 2021 Last processed: Tuesday 6 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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