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Man, Woman and Child: C.874-1984

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Current Location: In storage


Man, Woman and Child


Production: Unidentified factory




White earthenware, moulded in three parts and pearlware glazed. Painted in black, brown, blue, yellow, pink, green and flesh-pink enamels, and gilt.

Three figures are supported by a brick wall, which stands on rough ground decorated with three hand-moulded clumps of vegetation. The figures are mainly white, with features picked out in enamels and gilt. The man stands, leaning on the wall, with legs crossed. He holds a black-handled spade and a basket of brightly coloured flowers, and wears a long jacket, knee breeches and waistcoat, with a black bow at his neck. To his left, the woman sits upon the wall supporting a young girl, who stands upon it. The woman wears a dress and apron, and a blue headscarf with brown spots over a lace cap. The child has long hair and wears a dress with a full skirt. All three have black shoes. The oval base is squared at one end and has a gilt line across the front. The underside is recessed and glazed. The back is not moulded and has a vent hole 11.5cm from the bottom.


History note: From the collection of the late Colonel R.G Turner.

Legal notes

Given by Mrs J.E.Cameron, 1984, from the collection of the late Colonel R. G. Turner

Measurements and weight

Depth: 6.5 cm
Depth: 2.625 in
Height: 23.5 cm
Height: 9.25 in
Width: 16.2 cm
Width: 6.375 in

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1984) by Cameron, J.E., Mrs


Mid 19th century
Circa 1850 CE - Circa 1865 CE


The flat, un-moulded back indicates that this figure group was probably made after c.1850. Harding shows another example exists with additional painting in enamels and underglaze blue, which helps fix the date, since the latter was rarely used on Staffordshire figures after c.1865. Like many of these figures, this group is unmarked, and there were many manufacturers of figures working in Staffordshire at this time. However, the quality of painting on the Harding example, together with the hand-moulded ‘parsley’ vegetation on the base, may assist future identification.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( black, brown, blue, yellow, pink, green and flesh-pink enamels) gold

Materials used in production

White earthenware

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : White earthenware, moulded in three parts and pearlware glazed. Painted in black, brown, blue, yellow, pink, green and flesh-pink enamels, and gilt. The underside is recessed and glazed. The back is not moulded and has a vent hole 11.5cm from the bottom.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.874-1984
Primary reference Number: 76267
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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