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A Seated Nun Reading: C.3051-1928

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Current Location: In storage


A Seated Nun Reading


Factory: Longton Hall Porcelain Manufactory
Potter: Littler, William




Soft-paste porcelain figure of a Seated Nun, painted in polychrome enamels.

Soft-paste porcelain figure of a Seated Nun, slip-cast, lead-glazed, and painted onglaze in pink, flesh tones, brown, and black enamels. The underside of the base has a small hole ventilation hole in the centreThe hooded nun is seated reading an open book which is inscribed 'Absolution', and has a brown binding , held in her right hand. Her pink-lined black cloak swirls about her, and a crucifix dangles from her waist. .


History note: Bought from Mr Frank Stoner on March 11th 1921, for £9.00.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher

Measurements and weight

Height: 13.3 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Longton Hall ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Mid-18th Century
George II
Circa 1755 CE - 1760 CE

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( pink, flesh tones, brown, 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 onglaze in pink, flesh tones, brown, and black enamels
Glazing (coating)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3051-1928
Primary reference Number: 38094
Old object number: 3960, vol. 20
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Saturday 15 January 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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