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Milkmaid: C.911 & A & B-1928

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Current Location: In storage




Production: Enoch Wood (Possibly)




White earthenware painted in polychrome enamels and pink lustre

White earthenware, lead-glazed and painted in blue, navy blue, green, yellow, flesh pink, red, pale brown, and black enamels, and pink lustre. The figure is supported on a rectangular black base with a shallow depression across the front, standing on four yellow paw feet. The slender girl stands on round flower-strewn green mound situated behind the depression. She wears a brownish-yellow flat-topped hat, a white blouse with blue spots and a high-waisted navy blue dress with a yellow belt below her breasts and a yellow decorative strip beginning at the top of her bodice and descending to the hem. She holds out both arms to support a brown yoke from which two pink lustred buckets (A & B) are suspended on black wires. Each has three small hemispherical feet on the base.


History note: Captain Reynolds collection; sold en bloc to Messrs Gill & Reigate, London; one of thirty-five pieces bought from them by Mr Stoner; bought from him with other pieces in 1910 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge.

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 15.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Burslem ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th Century, Early
Production date: circa AD 1820


This figure is reminiscent of a larger porcelain figure of a Russian peasant wearing a blue dress and holding a yoke over her shoulders, but not wearing a hat made by the Imperial Porcelain Factory in St Petersburg about 1817. (Victoria & Albert Museum C.59-1933). In his Catalogue of the Glaisher Collection (1935), Rackham attributed this milkmaid to Wood & Caldwell and suggested that perhaps the Russian model might have been the inspiration for this figure, but it could have been made after Wood's partnership with Caldwell ended in 1818.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue, navy blue, green, yellow, flesh pink, red, pale brown, and black) lustre ( pink)
Surface composed of lead-glaze
Buckets Diameter 2.8 cm Height 2.8 cm
Base Length 12.8 cm

Materials used in production

white Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : White earthenware, moulded in parts, assembled, lead-glazed, and painted in blue, navy blue, green, yellow, flesh pink, red, pale brown, and black enamels, and pink lustre

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.911 & A & B-1928
Primary reference Number: 76345
Old object number: 3213
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 19 September 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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