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Lady: C.831-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)




Production: Unidentified Staffordshire factory




Cream earthenware decorated with oxide colours under lead-glaze

Dark cream earthenware, press-moulded, and decorated with streaks of greyish-blue, green, yellow and manganese-brown oxide colours under lead glaze. The lady stands on a shallow heart-shaped base with a low cylindrical support at the back. She faces towards the viewer with her feet neatly placed a little apart. She wears an open robe with a decolleté neckline,. yellow robings, and elbow-length sleeves with flounces, a stomacher, and a three tiered petticoat. She rests her lower arms on the top of the skirt which is extended at the sides by an elongated hoop worn underneath. Her eyes and shoes are dark brown.


History note: Bryan T. Harland, Croydon; sold Puttick & Simpson, London, 12 October 1923, A fine collection of Ralph Wood, Whieldon and Astbury pottery, the property of Bryan T. Harland Esq., F.S.A., J.P., who is changing his residence, lot 168; purchased for 150 guineas (£157 10s.) by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 7.2 cm
Height: 12.5 cm
Width: 10.2 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


This figure was attributed to Thomas Whieldon in Rackham's Catalogue of the Glaisher Collection (1935) , but could have been made by other potters in north Staffordshire during the third quarter of the 18th century.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of oxide colours ( slate-blue, green, yellow, manganese-brown, and dark brown)
Surface composed of lead-glaze
Base Width 5.2 cm
Visible Surfaces

Materials used in production

cream Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Dark cream earthenware, press-moulded, and decorated with streaks of greyish-blue, green, yellow and manganese-brown oxide colours under lead glaze; base unglazed except for a small area on the left of the front

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Early Whieldon/ figure of a/lady in a wide/hoop skirt/ b. at Sothebys/Oct 12, 1923/Harland sale

  • Text: No 4282
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in faded black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.831-1928
Primary reference Number: 76193
Old object number: 4282
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 15 December 2023 Last processed: Friday 15 December 2023

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

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