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Gardener's Companion: EC.24B-1938

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Gardener's Companion


Factory: Worcester Porcelain Factory




Soft-paste porcelain figure of a woman holding a basket of flowers and a posy, standing on a low mound base, painted in polychrome enamels and gilt.

Soft-paste porcelain figure of a woman as the Gardener's Companion, painted in red, yellow, green, turquoise, pink, and lilac enamels and gilt. The underside is convex in the middle and has a circular ventilation hole near the back. The outer edge has been ground flat. The circular low mound base has a low stump at the back which supports the figure. The woman stands with her feet apart holding an openmwork basket filled with flowers over her left arm, and a posy of flowers in her left hand in front of her. She has brown hair, eyes and eyebrows, ruddy cheeks and red lips. Her broad-brimmed hat has a blue ribbon and bow round the crown, and a red underside to the brim. She wears a pink dress. a white stomacher with red diaper pattern and gold edges, and a white apron decorated with red and gold floral sprays and turquoise spots, and having a turquoise bow applied below the stomacher. He shoes are yellow with blue bows. Applied to the base beside her left foot are two pink flowes with blue centres, a green bud and three leaves; and beside her right foot, one similar flower and two leaves.
A pair with EC.24A-1938.


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

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 16.2 cm
Width: 7.4 cm

Relative size of this object

7.4 cm16.2 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Worcester ⪼ Worcestershire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1938) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs


18th century
Production date: circa AD 1770

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( red, yellow, green, turquoise, pink, and lilac) gold

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze
steatitic Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Glazing (coating) : Soft-paste porcelain, moulded, lead-glazed, and painted in blue, turquoise, green, yellow, pink, mauve, red, and brown enamels and a little gilding. The underside is convex in the middle and has a circular ventilation hole near the back. The outer edge has been ground flat

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Circular paper label printed with a wide black circle with '. FRANCES L. DICKSON' reserved in white

  • Location: On underside of base
  • Method of creation: Printed in black with reserved white lettering
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.24B-1938
Primary reference Number: 34360
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 31 March 2015 Last processed: Tuesday 22 February 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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