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Turk: C.841-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)




Pottery: Unidentified Staffordshire Pottery




Earthenware decorated with lead-glazes coloured green, yellow, manganese-brown, and black


History note: Dr Burn, Cambridge; Stanley Woolston, Cambridge, from whom bought on 17 July 1920 for £30 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 21 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Mid
George II
Circa 1755 CE - 1765 CE


In the eighteenth century Europeans were intrigued by the customs and costumes of people living in the Middle East and Far East. Their interest created a market for pottery and porcelain figures of Turks and Chinese which were used for table decoration. This earthenware Turk was probably copied from an English porcelain figure after a Meissen model by J.J. Kaendler based on an etching in the comte de Ferriol's 'Receuil de cent estampes représentant differentes Nations du Levant', Paris, 1714. The Meissen figure was also copied in Staffordshire white salt-glazed stoneware and in Longton Hall porcelain.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Visible Surfaces composed of lead-glaze

Materials used in production

dark cream Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Dark cream earthenware, press-moulded and decorated with lead-glaze coloure green, yellow, manganese-brown, and black

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.841-1928
Primary reference Number: 76209
Old object number: 3858
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 10 June 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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