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Seated Girl and a Putto representing Music from a Series of Arts and Sciences: C.21-1977

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)

Titles

Seated Girl and a Putto representing Music from a Series of Arts and Sciences

Maker(s)

Derby Porcelain Factory (Factory)
William Duesbury & Co. (Proprietor)

Description

Soft-paste biscuit porcelain of a seated girl and a Putto representing Music, slip-cast, with hand-modelled details

Soft-paste biscuit porcelain of a seated girl and a Putto representing Music, slip-cast, with applied hand-modelled details. The underside has a large circular ventilation hole. The rocky base is approximately rectangular, with a heap of rocks on top of it on the left, and to the right of it, a tree stump covered by a drape. Here and there on the rocks are four groups of flowers and leaves, and six tufts of moss. A young girl playing a lute is seated on the heap of rocks. She is barefooted, and has her hair loosely drawn back into a bun. She wears a knee-length tunic which reveals her right side and arm. To the viewer's right of her is a nude winged putto standing on his left leg with his right extended behind. In his left hand he holds a piece of paper (presumably music) in front of the girl, and in his raised right hand, a scroll.

Notes

History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Countess Shelagh Rietberg

Measurements and weight

Height: 14 cm
Width: 9.5 cm

Relative size of this object

9.5 cm14 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Derby ⪼ Derbyshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1977-10-11) by Rietberg, Shelagh, Countess

Dating

Late 18th century
George III
Circa 1773 CE - 1800 CE

Note

Biscuit was introduced at Derby about 1770-1., and was mentioned in the Chelsea and Derby Sale Catalogue of 17 April, 1771, and three following days. This is one of seven groups representing the Arts and Sciences which were derived from Meissen models by Michel-Victor Acier . They were introduced between c. 1771-3, and Music was mentioned in the Derby and Chelsea Sale Catalogue of 9 and 10 February 1773.

School or Style

Neoclassical

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Flowers And Leaves

Materials used in production

Soft-paste biscuit porcelain

Techniques used in production

Slip-casting : Soft-paste biscuit porcelain, slip-cast, with hand-modelled details

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: No with script N and raised o

  • Text: No 40
  • Location: On underside of base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.21-1977
Primary reference Number: 82279
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 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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