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Seated Virgin and Child: C.901-1928

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Seated Virgin and Child


Probably Wood, Enoch (Factory)


Lead-glazed earthenware painted in enamels

Lead-glazed earthenware painted in turquoise, yellow, pink, flesh-pink, red, brown, grey and black enamels. The Virgin is seated on a stool with the Christ Child kneeling on her lap. She wears a white veil and fichu, and has wrapped about her, a pink cloak with a flowered lining. The base is coloured to resemble marble.


History note: Argyll Street (Regent Street) sale room, 6 March 1911, lot 102, bought by Mr Fenton for 19½ guineas on behalf of Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 16.7 cm
Height: 34 cm
Width: 18.8 cm

Relative size of this object

18.8 cm34 cm16.7 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Burslem ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 18th century
George III
Circa 1785 CE - 1800 1800 CE


This group owes its distinction to its model: a terracotta by the Flemish sculptor, Lucas Fayd'herbe (1617-97), which from about 1773 to 1918 was at Gopsall Hall, Atherstone, near Leicester, and is now in the British Museum (1957,11-1.1). This was presumably the model for a marble at Brough Hall, Yorkshire (see Country Life, 1967, pp. 949-50, fig. 8) The details of the earliest earthenware models are so close to the terracotta that the manufacturer probably had access to moulds taken directly from it, the small difference in their size resulting from shrinkage of the clay during firing. Later examples do not have such precise definition and a variant shows the Virgin seated on a rocky mound (Cecil Higgins Art Gallery, Bedford (C 33),. It is also known in red earthenware with a brown, bronze-like glaze (V & A C.480-1918). The latter, and an enamelled example in the Potteries Museum, Hanley, bear the mark used between about 1793-1818 by Enoch Wood and James Caldwell.

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Components of the work

Decoration: composed of enamel ( turquoise, yellow, pink, flesh-pink, red, brown, grey and black)

Materials used in production

slighty blue tinted Lead-glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Learthenware, moulded, with slightly blue-tinted lead-glaze, painted overglaze in turquoise, yellow, pink, flesh-pink, red, brown, grey and black enamels

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.901-1928
Primary reference Number: 76327
Old object number: 3364
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 10 December 2019 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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