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Officer on horseback: C.844-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Officer on horseback


Production: Unidentified Staffordshire factory (Probably)




Cream earthenware painted underglaze in brown, yellow and grey. A cavalry officer on a rearing horse.

Cream, earthenware, press-moulded, and painted in yellow, brown, and grey under lead-glaze. The underside is open and shows the hollow interior which is glazed. The group is supported on a shallow rectangular of ground. The horse is shown rearing in profile to left and the mounted officer turns his head towards the viewer. He wears a brown plumed helmet and has a sword suspended on his left side. The rider, horse and supporting area between its legs are randomly dabbed with yellow, blue and grey.


History note: Gill & Reigate, Oxford Street, London, where purchased for £1.15s.0d. on 1 December 1915 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 11.7 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Late-19th Century, Early#
George III
Circa 1795 - 1805


The attribution to Staffordshire is uncertain because underglaze painted figures were also made in Yorkshire and elsewhere

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( metallic oxides for yellow, brown, and grey)
Surface composed of lead-glaze

Materials used in production

cream Earthenware

Techniques used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.844-1928
Primary reference Number: 76217
Old object number: 4107
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 13 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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