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Market Woman: C.3095-1928

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Market Woman


Production: Samuel Gilbody's Porcelain Manufactory (Perhaps)




Soft-paste porcelain, press-moulded, and painted overglaze in pale greyish-blue, pale yellow, flesh, red, brown, and black enamels.The underside has large circular ventilation hole, and apart from a small area near the ventilation hole, is unglazed. The woman stands on a low circular base. She has ruddy cheeks, brown eyes and red lips. She wears a pale yellow hat over a white frilled cap, a short red cape, a pale greyish-blue petticoat, a yellow skirt, a white apron, and black shoes.Her feet are slightly part, and she holds a piece of dark flesh-coloured wood (?) under her right arm, and holds up her apron in her left hand.


History note: Purchased from Mr Stewart Acton at Brighton for £7 on 24 April 1918 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 17 cm
Width: 8.5 cm

Relative size of this object

8.5 cm17 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Liverpool ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


Mid 18th Century
George II
Circa 1754 CE - Circa 1760 CE


The figure was identified as Longton Hall by the London dealer, Stoner, in 1918. It was reattributed from Longton Hall to Samuel Gilbody's factory in Liverpool by Dr Bernard Watney (see Documentation, Watney 1997). He stated that Gilbody figures have a phosphatic paste and are usually slip-cast, although 'some of the figure fragments from the site appear to be press-moulded.' The body of this piece has not been analysed.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( pale greyish-blue, pale yellow, flesh, red, brown, and black)

Materials used in production

probably phosphatic Soft-paste porcelain
slightly blue Lead-glaze

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Soft-paste porcelain, slip-cast (?) and painted overglaze in pale greyish-blue, pale yellow, flesh, red, brown, and black enamels. The underside has acentral ventilation hole.

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3095-1928
Primary reference Number: 82444
Old object number: 4027
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 22 November 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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