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Rinaldo and Armida: C.941-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Rinaldo and Armida


Production: Lakin & Poole




Lead-glazed earthenware painted in polychrome enamels

Cream earthenware, moulded, covered with slightly blue tinted lead-glazed and painted in blue, turquoise, yellowish-green, yellow, flesh-pink, orange, red, lilac, brown, and black enamels. The figures are supported on a rectangular plinth painted in shades of brown and lilac to resemble marble, and having on the front a rectangular label inscribed 'RINALDO & ARMIDA'. Rinaldo, wearing a long lilac tunic with a turquoise lining, and orange sandals, is seated on the ground with his right leg extended and left leg bent. He rests his right elbow on Armida's thigh as she bends her knees to lean over him, placing her left arm around his shoulders, and holding her right over her head to hold a wreath, now missing. She wears a long white robe decorated with scattered sprigs and dots, a pink cloak with a yellowish-green lining, and orange sandals. Both figures have brown hair, healthy complexions and blue eyes.


History note: Percy Fitzgerald Collection, London; sold Christie's, 24 January 1908, Catalogue of the earthenware collection of Staffordshire ware formed during the past forty years by Percy Fitzgerald Esq., FSA of 37 St George’s Road, S.W., lot 53; bought by Mr Smith; after repair sold for £15 to Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 25 cm
Length: 24 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Burslem ⪼ 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 - 1795


Rinaldo and Armida were characters in Torquato Tasso's epic poem about the first Crusade, 'Gerusalemme Liberata' (Jerusalem Delivered or Liberated), published in 1581.

Thomas Lakin and John Ellison Poole entered into partnership in 1791, and in 1795 were joined by Poole's brother-in-law, Thomas Shrigley. Thomas Lakin withdrew from the partnership in January 1796 and a year later the other partners were declared bankrupt. During the short period of operation their factory made some well-modelled and decorated figures. Many of them stood on bases painted to resemble marble, sometimes, as here, with the title of the figure or group painted across the front.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, turquoise, yellowish-green, yellow, flesh-pink, orange, red, lilac, brown, and black)
Surface composed of lead-glaze ( slightly blue tinted 'pearl glaze')
Base Depth 11.5 cm Length 19.5 cm

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Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: surrounded by a black rectangular line

  • Location: On front of base
  • Method of creation: Painted in black
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: LAKIN & POOLZ
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Impressed

Inscription present: rectangular white paper stick on label with a blue line edging and a leaf motif in upper left corner

  • Text: No 3054./Staffordshire/group of Rinaldo/and Armida/marked Lakin/& Poole. From/the Percy Fit/gerald collection/b. in London/October 12.1909
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.941-1928
Primary reference Number: 76416
Old object number: 3054
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 23 January 2024 Last processed: Tuesday 23 January 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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