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A Goatherd: EC.28-1941

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A Goatherd


Factory: Bristol Porcelain Manufactory




Soft-paste porcelain figure of a Goatherd, moulded and painted overglaze in polychrome enamels.

Hard-paste porcelain, moulded, glazed and painted in turquoise, green, yellow, flesh, dull red, beige, brown, and black enamels, and gilt. The underside is glazed. The figure is supported on a roughly rectangular, low rocky base with a rock surmounted by a rustic fence on the viewer's right. The goatherd stands on his right leg with his left advanced, and leans on his left elbow on the fence. He looks downwards towards a brown and white kid which he holds under his right arm. He wears a wide brimmed black hat, a long white coat edged with brown and with gold buttons, a white waistcoat with a floral pattern which is confined by a belt at the waist and left unbuttoned so as to expose a white shirt open at the neck, yellow knee breaches, white stockings and brown gaiters over black shoes. A wicker covered flask with a brown strap lies to the viewer's right of his left foot. A turquoise and green plant is growing up the front of the supporting rock.


History note: Sotheby's, 8 May 1941, Catalogue of Fine Porcelain and Important Furniture removed from Newton Park, Bristol and sold by order of the executors of the Rt Hon. Algernon William Stephen fifth Earl Temple, p. 11, lot 43, sold for £33 to Harold Davies from whom bought by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam

Legal notes

Given by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 27.3 cm
Height: 10 3/4 in
Width: 15.2 cm
Width: 6 in

Place(s) associated

  • Bristol ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1941-06-12) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


18th Century, second half#
George III
Production date: circa AD 1775

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( turquoise, green, yellow, flesh-pink, dull red, beige, brown, and black)
Buttons And Buckle

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded, clear-glazed, and painted overglaze in turquoise, green, yellow, flesh, dull red, beige, brown, and black enamels, and lightly gilt
Glazing (coating)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.28-1941
Primary reference Number: 76930
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 23 September 2016 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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