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Peasant playing Bagpipes: C.830-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Peasant playing Bagpipes


Production: Unidentified Staffordshire Potter




Cream earthenware, press-moulded, and mottled with blue, green, and manganese-brown oxide colours which have run under the lead glaze.


History note: Mr Collins, a dealer; sold to Stanley Woolston, Cambridge, from whom bought for £5 on 20 March 20, 1915 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 14.8 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Mid
George II
Circa 1750 CE - 1760 CE


This rustic bagpiper may have been inspired by a Meissen model wearing a pointed hat or one of the copies of it made at the Longton Hall porcelain factory. It is also reminiscent of an early 17th century French lead-glazed earthenware bagpiper in the Wallace Collection (C.179), but it seems unlikely that it was based on a model of that type, although possibly Bernard Rackham had that in mind when he described this as a 'French Peasant' in the Catalogue of the Glaisher Collection.

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Components of the work

Visible Surfaces composed of lead-glaze ( presumed lead)
Decoration composed of metallic oxides

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Cream earthenware, moulded in parts, assembled, and mottled with blue, green, and manganese-brown oxide colours which have run under the lead glaze

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.830-1928
Primary reference Number: 76192
Old object number: 4114
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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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