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Kneeling Gentlemen presenting a Bird's Nest to a Lady: C.3-1975

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Kneeling Gentlemen presenting a Bird's Nest to a Lady


Probably Charles Gouyn (Factory)


Soft-paste porcelain figure group of a Kneeling Gentlemen presenting a Bird's Nest to a Lady, appearing greyish-white, presumed slip-cast, and glazed.

Soft-paste porcelain figure group of a Kneeling Gentlemen presenting a Bird's Nest to a Lady, appearing greyish-white, presumed slip-cast, and glazed. The model is heavy for its size. The unglazed underside has a large round ventilation hole under the lady. The rounded oblong base rises up on the left side into a low rock and tree stump, which has a circular hole at the top to take an attachment. The lady sits in front of the stump with her left leg forward, looking towards a young man. She places her left arm round his shoulders, and raises her right hand. The man kneels on his right knee and has his left foot forward. He places his hat with a nest containing three chicks in its crown onto her lap. His left arm is forward, and his right elbow rests on the stump. Both figures have small heads, and very slender limbs with small hands and feet. The girl's hair is long, and falls over her right shoulder in a thin coil. She wears a decolleté bodice laced together down the front, and a skirt. He has long hair tied in a queue with a bow at the nape of the neck.He wears a jacket and breeches. Both have shoes with bows on top. On the ground between them there is a recumbent spaniel. On top of the base there is a projecting flower on the left near the girl, and near to the right of the spaniel.


History note: Dr and Mrs Hugh Statham; Dr Statham died 1967; Mrs Statham died 1970.

Legal notes

Given by H.M. Treasury.

Measurements and weight

Height: 16.8 cm
Length: 17.2 cm

Relative size of this object

17.2 cm16.8 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1975) by H. M. Treasury


Mid 18th Century
George II
Circa 1749 CE - 1759 CE


Probably made in Charles Gouyn's workshop in St James's, London. Formerly attributed to Chelsea, Girl-in-a-Swing factory.

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Surface composed of lead-glaze ( presumed lead)

Materials used in production

glassy type Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Slip-casting : Glassy soft-paste porcelain, appearing greyish-white, presumed slip-cast, and lead-glazed

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3-1975
Primary reference Number: 80750
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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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