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The Goddess Diana: C.828-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


The Goddess Diana


Production: Unidentified Staffordshire factory




Cream earthenware decorated with oxide colours under lead-glaze

Dark cream earthenware, press-moulded, and painted with random splashes of slate-blue, green, yellow, and manganese-purple oxide colours which have run under lead-glaze. The goddess is supported on a slight mound on a rectangular pedestal with mouldings round the upper and lower edges. Its inside is hollow and glazed. Diana has her head turned a little tot her left, and stands on her left leg with her right bent at the knee and projecting from her skirt. Her left hand is behind her back, and in her right holds a small animal. She wears a long-sleeved, long dress with a wide sash, A small hound is seated beside her left leg and gazes up towards her. The eyes of Diana and the hound are inlaid in brown clay..


History note: Mr W. F. Greenward & Son, 24 Stonegate, York, from whom purchased for £33 on 11 August 1922 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 7.2 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, third quarter#
George II or George III
Circa 1750 - 1770

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Components of the work

Surface composed of lead-glaze
Decoration composed of oxide colours
Base Depth 4.5 cm Width 6.7 cm

Materials used in production

cream Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Dark cream earthenware, painted with random splashes of slate-blue, green, yellow, and manganese-purple oxide colours which have run under the lead-glaze

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.828-1928
Primary reference Number: 76190
Old object number: 3857
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 13 June 2023 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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