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Leopardess: C.39A-1992

Object information




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


Soft-paste porcelain figure of a seated leopardess with right front paw raised, and tail over its back, standing on an oval base decorated with flowers and leaves, painted in enamels

Soft-paste porcelain figure of a seated leopardess, slip-cast, lead-glazed, and painted in turquoise, green, yellow, red, purple, and black enamels. The unglazed underside has a small circular depression in the centre, and three faint patch marks. The oval base is decorated with five groups of applied flowers and leaves. The leopardess sits in profile to the viewer's right with her head turned to viewer's left, its right front paw raised, its right hind leg extended behind it, and its tail curved over its back. The back, tail and outer sides of its legs are yellow with black curved and circular markings; its head is yellow dotted with tiny purple markings, and it has black eyebrows, nose, and pink lined mouth. The paws are purple. The flowers on the base are yellow and red with green and turquoise leaves. A pair with a leopard C.39B-1992


History note: Dr and Mrs Hugh Statham (died respectively 1967 ande 1970); their daughter, Miss Beryl Statham by whom lent anonymously, 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: 8.1 cm
Length: 9.1 cm

Relative size of this object

9.1 cm8.1 cm What does this represent?

Relative size of this object is displayed using code inspired by Good Form and Spectacle's work on the British Museum's Waddeson Bequest website and their dimension drawer. They chose a tennis ball to represent a universally sized object, from which you could envisage the size of an object.

Place(s) associated

  • Derby ⪼ Derbyshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Third quarter of 18th century
George II
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 enamels)

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, red, purple, and black enamels.
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: 310 is in black ink

  • Text: ENGLISH.CERAMIC.CIRCLE.1948. surrounding No./310
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Printed in black and inscribed in black ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.39A-1992
Primary reference Number: 82747
Old loan number: Statham Loan 28A-1988
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 October 2016 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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