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Ceres: C.929-1928

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Current Location: In storage




Production: Neale & Co. (Probably)
Production: Wilson, Robert (Probably)




Lead-glazed earthenware painted in enamels; a companion to Apollo, C.928-1928

Pale cream earthenware, press-moulded, covered with slightly blue tinted lead-glaze and painted in blue, green, yellow, flesh-pink, puce, purple, pale greyish-purple, and brown enamels. The model is supported on a square straight-sided base with a moulding round the top edge. Ceres stands on a small round mound with scrolls around the front. She holds a cornucopia filled with grapes, yellow fruit and leaves in her left arm, and holds up her tunic with her right hand. She has a Grecian nose, blushing cheeks, red lips, and brown hair rolled back from her face and hanging down over her shoulders at the back. She wears classical style low-necked white tunic scattered with puce sprigs and blue dots, and bordered with blue, over a longer pale greyish purple skirt. The scrolls on the front of the mound are coloured blue, green, and purple, and a blue horizontal line runs round the base below the moulding.


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 Apollo 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: 15.7 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
George III
Circa 1791 - 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 Apollo (C.928-1928) 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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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, green, yellow, flesh-pink, puce, purple, pale greyish-purple, and brown enamels.)
Surface composed of lead-glaze ( very slightly blue tinted)
Base Depth 6.2 cm Width 6.2 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Pale cream earthenware, press-moulded, covered with slightly blue tinted lead-glaze and painted in blue, green, yellow, flesh-pink, a little red, puce, purple, pale greyish-purple, and brown enamels.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: G below a crown
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Impresed
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: CERES
  • Location: On underside of base to left of ventilation hole
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: rectangular white paper stick on label with narrow blue line edging on left, top and rightsides

  • Text: No 3693/Staffordshire/statuette of/Ceres/by Wilson who/succeeded Neale & Co/b. in Cambridge/Aug 6 1913
  • Location: On underside of front edge
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.929-1928
Primary reference Number: 76396
Old object number: 3693
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 8 August 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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