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Flora: C.907-1928

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Current Location: In storage




Factory: Wood & Caldwell (Possibly)
Factory: Wilson




Lead-glazed earthenware standing figure of Flora holding a garland of flowers, painted in polychrome enamels

Cream earthenware, moulded, lead-glazed, and painted in blue, green, yellow, flesh pink, pink, red, purple, reddish-brown, and brown enamels. The figure is supported on a square straight-sided base, with a reddish-brown line running round its upper and its lower edges. It is closed and glazed underneath and has a large circular ventilation hole in the centre. Flora stands on a rocky mound coloured brown and yellow. She steps forward on her left foot and has her right knee relaxed. Her head is turned a little to her right and she holds up a long garland of blue, red, pink and green flowers to shoulder level in her left hand and has its lower end in her right hand at her side. She has brown hair dresssed in a bun at the back of her head with a tress hanging down onto her shoulders. She wears a long dress patterned with red dotted circles and blue sprigs, edged round its low neckline with pink fabric. A yellow shawl passes behind her waist at the back, across the front of her body, and over her raised left arm. Her bare feet are clad in sandals with red straps.


History note: A.G. Smith, 193 Wardour Street, London, from whom bought for £3 10s.0d. on 15 February 1905 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 32.3 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Burslem ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England
  • Hanley ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th Century, Early#
George III
Circa 1800 - 1820


In Roman mythology Flora was the personification of Spring and goddess of flowers. She was one of fifteen deities who had official cults, and was celebrated at an annual festival called Florialis which ran from 28 April to 3 May in the Julian calendar. In art she was often shown wearing a wreath of flowers on her head or holding a garland of flowers and foliage.

The meaning of the impressed W on the underside of the base is uncertain, it might stand for Wood or Wilson

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, green, yellow, flesh pink, pink, red, reddish-brown, and brown)
Surface composed of lead-glaze
Base Depth 11 cm Width 11.2 cm

Materials used in production

cream Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Cream earthenware, moulded, lead-glazed, and painted in blue, green, yellow, flesh pink, pink, red, reddish-brown, and brown enamels

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: W
  • Location: On base near edge
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.907-1928
Primary reference Number: 76341
Old object number: 2334
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 11 July 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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