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Boy with a Shell: C.2-1992

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Boy with a Shell


Factory: Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory




Soft-paste porcelain figure of a Boy with a Shell, slip-cast.

Soft-paste porcelain figure of a Boy with a Shell, slip cast. The underside is unglazed and has a large oval ventilation hole. The rocky base is of elongated oblong shape with slight facets round the edge. At the back there is a tall tree stump with two large leaves and a berry at the top and three lower down at the top of the base. The nude, wavy-haired little boy sits with his right leg forward over the edge of the rock, and his left leg resting on top of it behind him.He supports himself on the rock with his right hand which holds the shell cup. His left arm is bent at the elbow and held in front of him, and he looks towards his hand, which formerly held something.


History note: Dr and Mrs Hugh Statham; Dr Statham died 1967; Mrs Statham died 1970; their daughter, Miss Beryl Statham, by whom lent anonymously in 1970 (Statham Loan 2-1970); bequeathed by Miss Beryl Statham (17/04/1990), accepted by H.M. Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax, and allocated to the Fitzwilliam Museum.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Miss Statham, accepted by H.M. Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax, and allocated to the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Depth: 8.2 cm
Height: 13 cm
Width: 10.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Allocated (1992) by H.M. Government


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

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Slip-casting : Glassy soft-paste porcelain, slip-cast, and lead-glazed
Glazing (coating)

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2-1992
Primary reference Number: 80545
Old loan number: Statham Loan 2-1970
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 13 October 2020 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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