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Woman milking a Cow: C.834-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Woman milking a Cow


Pottery: Indio Pottery (Probably)




Cream earthenware, possibly coated with white slip, decorated under lead-glaze with streaks of brownish-yellow, olive-green, and brown oxide colours, and lead-glazed on the visible surfaces. The figures are supported on a roughly rectangular base with sloping sides which is decorated on top with applied flowers and leaves and cherub-masks. At the back of the base is a tree with lateral branches bearing applied leaves and at the top, four perching birds. A cow standing in front of it with its head looking towards the viewer, is being milked into a bucket by a woman seated on a three-legged stool. She wears a bodice and skirt, and a flat wide-brimmed hat, and leans her head against the cow's flank as she milks. A bird stands on the ground behind her, and a smaller scale woman stands to the right of her.


History note: Baroness von Hügel (née Froude), Cambridge; sold for £50 to Stanley Woolston, Cambridge, who sold it for that sum on 6 November 1923, to Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 19.5 cm
Height: 21.2 cm
Width: 15 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Bovey Tracy ⪼ Devonshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Late
George III
Circa 1770 CE - 1800 CE


This group was attributed to Staffordshire on accession, and its technique conforms to other Staffordshire creasmware figures and groups painted underglaze with metallic oxides. This attribution seems to be supported by a statement about its former owner, Baroness von Hügel in Dr Glaisher's MS Catalogue entry for it: 'The Baron’s wife was a Miss Froude and she came from the Midlands and the three pieces were family possessions which she had known as a little girl and this made her still more reluctant to part with them. ' However, another comparable creamware group, differing in the height of the base, and position of the small figure, and bocage, has three flowers on the front of the base which resemble those on a tea caddy in the Fitzwilliam, attributed to Bovey Tracey on the basis of the name inscribed on it. This group may therefore have come from Bovey Tracey.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of metallic oxides ( green, yellow brown)
Visible Surfaces

Materials used in production

cream, probably Slip
cream Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Cream earthenware, possibly coated with white slip, decorated under lead-glaze with streaks of brownish-yellow, olive-green, and brown oxide colours, and lead-glazed on the visible surfaces. T

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.834-1928
Primary reference Number: 76202
Old object number: 4330
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 10 June 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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