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Sphinx: C.3060-1928

Object information

Titles

Sphinx

Maker(s)

Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory (Production)

Description

Glassy soft-paste porcelain, press-moulded (?), and lead-glazed. The glaze has small black speckles here and here, particularly round the lower edges of the sphinx. The open underside has a bevelled edge, and is unglazed. The sphinx is recumbent on a low rectangular base. She faces forward with her head tilted slightly to her right. Her hair is tied back into a knot and then falls down in two strands, over her right shoulder in front and over the left at the back. She wears a small cap on the left side of her head, a drape around her shoulders, and a shaped cloth over her back with two tassels on each side.

Notes

History note: Puttick and Simpson, London, 15 June, 1923, lot 156.

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 11 cm
Length: 14.6 cm
Width: 8.2 cm

Relative size of this object

14.6 cm11 cm What does this represent?

Relative size of this object is displayed using code inspired by Good Form and Spectacle's work on the British Museum's Waddeson Bequest website and their dimension drawer. They chose a tennis ball to represent a universally sized object, from which you could envisage the size of an object.

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

Mid 18th Century
Raised anchor period (1749-1752)
Circa 1749 CE - 1752 CE

School or Style

Rococo

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Surface composed of lead-glaze

Materials used in production

glassy type Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Glassy soft-paste porcelain, press-moulded (?), and lead-glazed

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: octagonal paper label with blue line on five sides inscribed in Dr Glaisher's hand

  • Text: 'No 4212./White Chelsea/sphinx with the/face of Peg Wof-/ington./b. at Puttick's June 15, 1923'
  • Location: On the underside
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in black ink
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: circular paper label

  • Text: a coat of arms, and inscribed in black ink on the left of it 'Chelsea' and on the right 'Peg Woffington'.
  • Location: On the underside
  • Method of creation: Printed in blue and hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: Circular paper label printed with a black line edging and 'J.W.L. GLAISHER COLLECTION' and in the middle in black ink, '4212'.

  • Text: 'J.W.L. GLAISHER COLLECTION' and in the middle in black ink, '4212'
  • Location: On the underside
  • Method of creation: Printed in black and inscribed in black ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3060-1928
Primary reference Number: 80203
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 16 August 2017 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

Citation for print

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