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Troubadour playing a Guitar: C.88A-1950

Object information

Titles

Troubadour playing a Guitar

Maker(s)

Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory (Factory)

Description

Soft-paste porcelain figure of a Troubadour playing a Guitar, slip-cast, lead-glazed, and painted in blue, turquoise, yellowish-green, yellow, flesh, pink, red, purple, brown, grey, and black enamels, and gilt.

Soft-paste porcelain figure of a Troubadour playing a Guitar, slip-cast, lead-glazed, and painted in blue, turquoise, yellowish-green, yellow, flesh, pink, red, purple, brown, grey, and black enamels, and gilt. The unglazed underside has a central circular ventilation hole. The irregularly shaped mound base rises up into a broad tree stump with a diagonal branch bearing applied berries and leaves on the viewer's left. There are two flowers and leaves on the back of the stump, three flowers and leaves on the left of the base, and two flowers and leaves on the right.
The troubadour sits on the stump with his left leg crossed over his right. His upper body is turned a little to his left, and he holds a guitar in both hands. He wears a pink hood and breeches, a yellow coat with grey cuffs, and a gold border, a brown sash, and a black cloak with gold edging held on by turquoise bows on the shoulders, and two ribbons tying in a bow at centre front. He has pale grey over-the-knee gaiters with black buttons, and red shoes with yellow heels, and brown soles. A pale grey broad-brimmed hat with two feathers in it lies on the ground to the viewer's right, and to the left of it, a sword with a gilded hilt. The flowers are painted in blue, pink, and yellow, and the leaves are green.

Legal notes

Given by Francis L. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 16.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1950) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs

Dating

Red anchor period (1752-1756)
Mid 18th Century
George II
Production date: circa AD 1755

School or Style

Rococo

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, turquoise, yellowish-green, yellow, flesh, pink, red, purple, brown, grey, and black) gold

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Slip-casting : Soft-paste porcelain, slip-cast, lead-glazed, and painted in blue, turquoise, yellowish-green, yellow, flesh, pink, red, purple, brown, grey, and black enamels, and gilt
Lead-glazing

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: a very small red anchor

  • Location: On top of a branch stump on the viewer's left of tree trunk
  • Method of creation: Painted in red enamel
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: half of a circular paper label

  • Text: Chelsea/c. 1752-55
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in faded red ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.88A-1950
Primary reference Number: 80592
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 13 October 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

Citation for print

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The Fitzwilliam Museum (2022) "Troubadour playing a Guitar" Web page available at: https://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/80592 Accessed: 2022-05-29 09:13:46

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