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Sportsman and Lady with a Bird's Next: C.89-1950

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Sportsman and Lady with a Bird's Next


Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory (Factory)


Soft-paste porcelain figure group of Sportsman and Lady with a Bird's Nest, slip-cast (presumed), and painted in polychrome enamels.

Soft-paste porcelain figure group of Sportsman and Lady with a Bird's Nest, slip cast (presumed), lead-glazed, and painted in blue, green, yellow, flesh, red, mauve, brown, and black enamels. The unglazed underside has a circular ventilation hole below the woman. The wavy edged, leaf-shaped base narrows towards the viewer's left, and rises up in the middle into a low rock. The young woman sits on the rock with her right foot forward, looking down towards an ardent sportsman, whom she fends off with her right arm. She supports a birds nest on her lap with her left hand. The sportsman kneels on his left leg and leans towards her, as if to seize the bird's nest. His left arm is behind the girl and he grasps the back of her jacket with his left hand.

Legal notes

Given by Francis L. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 15 cm
Length: 17.2 cm

Relative size of this object

17.2 cm15 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Red anchor period (1752-1756)
Mid 18th Century
George II
Circa 1755 CE - 1757 CE

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, green, yellow, flesh, red, mauve, brown, and black) gold Decoratin

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Slip-casting : Soft-paste porcelain, slip cast (presumed), lead-glazed, and painted in blue, green, yellow, flesh, red, mauve, brown, and black enamels.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: half of a circular paper label inscribed in red ink 'Chelsea/c, 1755'.

  • Text: 'Chelsea/c, 1755'
  • Location: On the underside of the base
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in red ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.89-1950
Primary reference Number: 80699
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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

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