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Apollo: C.928-1928

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Current Location: In storage




Production: Neale & Co.
Production: Wilson, Robert




Lead-glazed earthenware painted in enamels

Pale cream earthenware, press-moulded, covered with slightly blue tinted lead-glaze and painted in blue, green, flesh-pink, lilac, purple, reddish-brown, grey, and black enamels. The model is supported on a square straight-sided base with a moulding round the top edge. The glazed underside has canted sides and a flat centre with a central circular ventilation hole. Apollo stands beside a pile of books on a small almost circular mound with scrolls at the front. His weight is on his right foot and his left knee is relaxed. He faces towards the viewer holding a lyre in his left hand and placing his right hand over the strings. He has a pink complexion, eyes and brows outlined in black, and long grey hair. He wears a blue wreath on his head and has a lilac and blue mantle which is draped around his body leaving the upper torso and his right leg bare. The lyre is reddish-brown with black strings, three books are blue and one reddish-brown, and the scrolls on the mound are blue, green, and purple.


History note: A woman living in Devonshire Street, Cambridge; sold to Stanley Woolston, 'Hyde Park Corner', Cambridge; bought from him with a companion figure of Ceres for £2.5s.0d. on 6 August 1913 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge.

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 15.4 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Hanley ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Late
Circa 1786 - 1801


James Neale (b. 1837) was a London china merchant, who took over the Church Works in Hanley from Humphrey Palmer in 1778. Neale was not a potter, and engaged Robert Wilson to manage the factory. By 1783, and probably as early as 1781, Neale had returned to his London business. In 1791 Wilson took over the ownership of the factory from Neale, and continued to run it about 1798 when his son David took over the management. Robert Wilson died in 1801.

The scrollwork on the base was a characteristic feature of many Neale & Co or Wilson figures. The mark of C or G under a crown impressed on the base of this figure and its companion Ceres (C.929-1928) is found on Neale & Co. table wares and on pieces marked 'Wilson'. Some of the figures, which bear this mark are also known marked NEALE & Co. impressed.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue, green, flesh-pink, lilac, purple, reddish-brown, grey, and black)
Surface composed of lead-glaze ( slightly blue tinted)
Base Depth 6.3 cm Width 6.1 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Pale cream earthenware, press-moulded, covered with slightly blue tinted lead-glaze, and painted in blue, green, flesh-pink, lilac, purple, reddish-brown, grey, and black enamels.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Crown over C or possibly G
  • Location: On underside of base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: APOLLO
  • Location: On underside of base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: rectangular white paper stick-on label with two narrow blue lines round the left edge and one round th top and right side

  • Text: No 2692/Staffordshire/statuette of Apollo/? by Wilson,/successor to Neale/b. in Cambridge/Aug 6 1913
  • Location: On left side of underside of base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.928-1928
Primary reference Number: 76395
Old object number: 3692
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 8 August 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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