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Seated Virgin and Child: C.901-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Seated Virgin and Child


Factory: Wood, Enoch (Probably)




Lead-glazed earthenware painted in polychrome enamels

Earthenware, moulded, covered with slightly blue-tinted lead-glaze and 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 shallow square 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

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

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

Place(s) associated

  • Burslem ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Late
George III
Circa 1785 CE - 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

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 27 February 2024 Last processed: Tuesday 27 February 2024

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

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