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George IV: C.113-1932

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


George IV


Factory: Derby Porcelain Factory
Proprietor: Robert Bloor & Co.
Modeller: Keys, Edward




Bone china figure of Geroge IV in Coronation robes, standing beside a pedestal with a crown on top of it.

Bone china figure of Geroge IV, slip-cast, and painted overglaze in pale blue, green, yellow, flesh-pink, pink, puce, red, brown, and black enamels, and gilt. The underside is unglazed and has a large circular ventilation hole in the middle. The rectangular, straight-sided base has a pedestal on the viewer's right. The front is inscribed in relief and gilt with scrolls above and below 'GIV R', and a bejewelled crown rests on the top. The portly King stands beside it with his right leg advanced slightly, his right hand on his hip, and his right at his side, holding a sceptre. He has pale brown curly hair, sideburns, eyebrows and eyes, ruddy cheeks, and red lips. He wears a long puce and pink dappled coronation cloak with simulated brownish-pink fur, and gold borders, tied on at the front with a pink bow. He has a high white collar, a shirt with ruffles at the cuffs, a dark brown jacket with gilded cuffs, and an ermine and a gold border, pale yellow breeches with the order of the Garter on the left knee, white breeches and black shoes. Round his neck is a gilded chain with a circular medallion of St George with gold tassels hanging on cords below it.


History note: Uncertain before donor, Mrs W.D. (Frances Louisa) Dickson, Bournemouth

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 31.8 cm
Width: 15.5 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Derby ⪼ Derbyshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1932-10) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs


Early 19th Century
George IV
Circa 1821 - 1830


The head of this model was based on the bust of George IV by Sir Francis Chantrey.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, green, yellow, pink, puce, red, pale brown, dark brown, and black) gold
Base Width 14 cm

Materials used in production

presumed lead Glaze
Bone china

Techniques used in production

Slip-casting : Soft-paste porcelain (or bone china), slip-cast, glazed, and painted onglaze in pale blue, green, yellow, flesh-pink, pink, puce, red, brown, and black enamels, and gilt. The underside is unglazed and has a large circular ventilation hole in the middle.
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: a crown over crossed batons flanked by groups of three dots with below, between two lines, BLOOR DERBY
  • Location: On the underside of base to right of ventilation hole
  • Method of creation: Painted in red enamel
  • Type: Factory mark

Inscription present: small narrow rectangle of paper

  • Text: 2168
  • Location: Inside ventilation hole
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.113-1932
Primary reference Number: 82763
Old object number: 2168
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 15 August 2017 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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