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Leopard: C.39B-1992

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)




Factory: Derby Porcelain Factory
Proprietor: William Duesbury & Co.




Soft-paste porcelain leopard seated with one front paw raised and its tail curved over its back, painted in enamels

Soft-paste porcelain figure of a seated leopard, slip-cast, clear glazed, and painted in turquoise, green, yellow, red, purple, and black enamels.The underside has patches of glaze, and a very shallow central depression. The leopard sits on top of the oval base which has a narrow treestump at the back, and is decorated with three groups of applied flowers and leaves. Its body is in profile to the viewer’s left, and its head and neck are turned to the right. Its front left paw is raised, and its tail curved over its back. The leopard’s back, and the exterior of its limbs are yellowish-buff with dark purple curved and circular markings. Its head is also yellowish-buff with tiny purple dotted markings, and purple nose. Its eyebrows are black and the interior of its mouth and nostrils, red. the flowers are red and yellow with green and turquoise leaves.


History note: Dr and Mrs H. Statham (died respectively 1967, and 1970); their daughter, Miss Beryl Statham by whom lent anonymously in 1988; bequeathed by Miss Beryl Statham, 1990, accepted by H.M. Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to the Fitzwilliam Museum.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Miss Statham, accepted by H.M. Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 7.6 cm
Length: 8.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Derby ⪼ Derbyshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Allocated (1992) by H.M. Government


18th Century, Mid
George II
George III
Circa 1758 - 1760

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( turquoise, green, yellow, red, purple, and black)

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 turquoise, green, yellow, yellowish-buff, red, purple, and black enamels. The underside has a very shall central depression and three patch marks.
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular paper label with lettering between two narrow concentric circles

  • Text: ENGLISH.CERAMIC.CIRCLE.1948 surrounding 'No.' with '311' handwritten
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Printed in black and hand-written in black
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.39B-1992
Primary reference Number: 82746
Old loan number: Statham Loan 28B-1988
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 October 2016 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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