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Lady playing a Lute: C.923-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Lady playing a Lute


Production: Unidentified Staffordshire factory
Production: Wood, Enoch (Possibly)




White lead-glazed earthenware painted in polychrome enamels. A seated woman playing the lute with a dog seated on her knees.

White earthenware, moulded, lead-glazed and painted in blue, yellow, flesh pink, salmon-pink, red, purple, yellowish-brown, brown and black enamels. The figure is supported on a rectangular base with incurved corners which is closed and glazed underneath and has an oval concave centre. Yellow lines imitating gilding run round its upper and lower edges. The lady is seated on a high-backed salmon-pink chair with curving legs and hoof feet, which has a yellow shawl draped over its back. She holds the lute in her left hand and has her right hand over the strings. She has brown hair with a floral ornament on the front of her head, a white frill round her neck with a blue bow at the back, and a yellowish-brown necklace. Her yellowish-brown sack back dress has elbow-length sleeves with white flounces, and a criss-cross patterned stomacher decorated with two blue rosettes. The skirt is open below the waist to show a purple petticoat with a yellow fringe across the lower edge. Her shoes are yellow with red pompoms on top. Her lapdog is white and black. Under the chair there is another lute with three books on top of it.


History note: Unknown before Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 9.3 cm
Height: 14.5 cm
Width: 7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Burslem ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


George IV
Circa 1820 - 1830


Rackham in 1935 attributed this earthenware model to Enoch Wood's factory after the end of his partnership with James Caldwell in 1818.

This model was copied from a Derby porcelain figure of a lady playing a lute paired with a gentleman playing a flute which were in production before 1780. A 19th century Derby porcelain pair produced c. 1806-25 is in the Fitzwilliam, C.111-1932 (gentleman) and C.112-1932 (Lady).

School or Style

Rococo Revival

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, yellow, flesh pink, salmon pink, red, purple, yellowish-brown, dark brown, grey, and black)
Surface composed of lead-glaze
Base Depth 7.6 cm Width 6.2 cm

Materials used in production

white Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : White earthenware, moulded in parts, assembled, lead-glazed and painted in blue, yellow, flesh pink, salmon-pink, red, purple, yellowish-brown, dark brown and black enamels

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.923-1928
Primary reference Number: 76390
Old object number: R 3184
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 11 July 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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