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Candlestick in the form of a Woman: C.932-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Candlestick in the form of a Woman


Production: Unidentified Staffordshire factory




Lead-glazed earthenware painted in enamels

Pale buff earthenware, moulded, covered with lead-glaze and painted in pale and dark blue, pale turquoise, yellow, flesh pink, dull pink, red, dark reddish-brown, brown and black enamels. The figure stands on a high dull pink plinth with incurved gadrooned sides, mounted on an octagonal straight sided base decorated with a yellow horizontal line imitating gilding. The woman stands with her feet together facing to the viewer with her arms raised to support a two-handled fluted and gadrooned urn which stands on her head and forms the candle socket. She has rosy cheeks and pale brown hair adorned with a black band and bow at the front. She wears classical dress comprising three tiers, a pale turquoise tunic (peplos), over a calf-length white skirt with a border of Greek key pattern, and a long pale blue skirt with a yellow edge. A pale turquoise cloak with a dark reddish-brown lining is suspended from her shoulders at the back by means of dark blue brooches and cross straps at the front. The urn is of the same dull pink as the plinth.


History note: Mr J. W. Thompson, 82 Bailgate, Lincoln, from whom bought for £2.2s. 0d. on 1 September 1917 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 30.5 cm

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


Possibly made in the factory of David Wilson in Hanley.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( pale and dark blue, yellow, flesh pink, dull pink, red dark reddish-brown, brown, and black)
Surface composed of lead-glaze
Base Depth 11.5 cm Width 11.5 cm

Materials used in production

pale buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Pale buff earthenware, moulded, assembled, lead-glazed, and painted in pale and dark blue, yellow, flesh pink, dull pink, red dark reddish-brown, brown, and black enamels

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 43
  • Location: On flat area of base under the figure
  • Method of creation: Painted in black enamel
  • Type: Number

Inscription present: octagonal white paper stick on label with a narrow blue line edging on the upper five sides

  • Text: No 4235/Staffordshire/candlestick for/med of a woman/holding an urn/over her head/b. in Lincoln/Sept 1 1917
  • Location: On inside of front of base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.932-1928
Primary reference Number: 76405
Old object number: 4235
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 1 August 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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