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Seated Woman playing a Hurdy Gurdy: C.816-1928

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Seated Woman playing a Hurdy Gurdy


Unidentified Staffordshire factory (Factory)


Salt-glazed stoneware painted in enamels

Off-white salt-glazed stoneware, press-moulded, and painted in green, yellow, pink and enamels . The woman is seated on a mound supported on a low circular base decorated with two sprays of yellow and pink flowers. She is facing the front and holds the hurdy-gurdy on her lap with both hands. She wears a green hat, a low-necked yellow bodice with pink bows on the ends of the sleeves, a green skirt, and pink shoes with yellow bows. Round her neck she has a pink flounce above a pleated fichu or chemise which fills the neckline of her bodice and has a four-petalled pink flower at centre front.


History note: Mr Bateman, Gloucester Green, Oxford from whom purchased on 20 March 1913 for £70 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 10.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Third quarter of 18th century
George II
Production date: circa AD 1755

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( green, yellow, pink, and a little red) Surface composed of salt-glaze

Materials used in production

off-white Stoneware

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Off-white stoneware, press-moulded, assembled, salt-glazed and painted ing reen, yellow, pink, and a little red enamel

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.816-1928
Primary reference Number: 76147
Old object number: 3659
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 8 October 2021 Last processed: Saturday 15 January 2022

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

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