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Andromache: C.886-1928

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Current Location: In storage




Production: Unidentified Staffordshire factory




Lead-glazed earthenware painted in polychrome enamels. Andromache mourning over an urn on a pedestal

Cream earthenware, press-moulded, lead-glazed, and painted in blue, green, dark green, turquoise, pale mauve, dark mauve, red, reddish-brown, and greyish-brown enamels. The figure stands on a low mound on top of a rectangular base which is open and glazed underneath. On the viewer’s left is a high square pedestal supporting a large ovoid urn decorated with gadrooning, swags, and foliage. Andromache stands on the viewer’s right with her right leg crossed over her left. She leans towards the urn with her right arm around its upper part and her left hand touching its lower part. She has a green garland over her greyish-brown hair which is dressed with a low chignon at the back. She wears a long pale mauve dress scattered with darker mauve floral sprigs, detached flowers, and spots, and has narrow turquoise drapes around the low neckline and armholes. On her feet she has reddish-brown sandals. The pedestal has a blue border at the top and bottom. The urn has green and dark green foliage on the top of its cover, a row of blue spots, a reddish-brown horizontal band with green swags below, and a wider reddish-brown band round the foot. The mound is coloured green and brown and there is a reddish-brown band running round the base.


History note: Bought in Cannon Street, London, with C.895-1928, for £1.15s.0d., in 1892 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambidge

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Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 22.3 cm
Width: 9 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 1790 - 1810


This figure is identified as Andromache, widow of the slain Trojan hero Hector, because a similar figure once in Dr Glaisher’s possession was inscribed ‘Andromica’ (sic). Figures of this subject in Derby and Bristol porcelain, and Leeds earthenware were probably based on the figure of Andromache in a mezzotint of 1771 by Thomas Burke, after the painting 'Andromache weeping over the Ashes of Hector' by Angelica Kauffman, published by William Wynne Ryland in 1772. However, the posture of this figure suggests that it was after a different source, possibly a figure in Lunéville earthenware (terre de Lorraine) from a model by Paul-Louis Cyfflé. The model for this figure has been attributed to Ralph Wood. Staffordshire lead-glazed earthenware figures of the subject vary greatly in the quality of their moulding and decoration, for example, see C.887-1928.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue, green, dark green, turquoise, pale mauve, dark mauve, red, reddish-brown, and greyish-brown)
Surface composed of lead-glaze
Base Depth 7.2 cm Width 8.4 cm

Materials used in production

cream Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Cream earthenware, press-moulded, lead-glazed, and painted in blue, green, dark green, turquoise, pale mauve, dark mauve, red, reddish-brown, and greyish-brown enamels

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.886-1928
Primary reference Number: 76289
Old object number: 300
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 4 August 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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

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