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Baby in a Basket: EC.7-1939

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Baby in a Basket


Factory: Imperial Porcelain Factory




Hard-paste porcelain painted in enamels and gilt

Hard-paste porcelain painted overglaze in blue, green, yellow, flesh, puce, red and pale purple enamels, and gilt; the base unglazed. The baby lies in an elongated oval basket bound along the sides with gold threads, and with a loop handle at each end bound with gold-edged green ribbon tied in bows at their junction with the sides. The baby wears a red yellow and gold cap, and a long white gown, and holds a little puce-spotted cloth comforter in its left hand. A tiny bunch of flowers is tucked into a pocket on its right breast. It lies on a floral pillow and a white cloth, and is held into the basket by a length of puce-striped cloth which passes under the basket and is tied on the right side in a bow.

Legal notes

Given by Louis C.G. Clarke

Measurements and weight

Height: 3.5 cm
Width: 11.5 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Vienna ⪼ Austria

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1939) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray


Third quarter of 18th century
Production date: circa AD 1770

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, green, yellow, flesh, puce, red and pale purple) gold

Materials used in production

clear Glaze
Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Hard-paste porcelain painted overglaze in blue, green, yellow, flesh, puce, red and pale purple enamels, and gilt
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: shield with two cross bars

  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: W
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.7-1939
Primary reference Number: 38489
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 August 2015 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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