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Butter Seller: C.101-1950

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Butter Seller


Factory: Vauxhall Porcelain Factory (Probably)
Factory: Longton Hall Porcelain Manufactory (Former attribution)
Proprietor: Littler, William (Former attribution)




Soft-paste porcelain figure of a Butter Seller painted in polychrome enamels, and gilt.

Soft-paste porcelain figure of a Butter Seller, slip-cast, lead-glazed, and painted in green, pale yellow, yellow, pink, red, brown, and black, and a little gilding. The open underside is unglazed. The high base is made up of rocks at the back, and scrolls at the front. The female butter seller is seated on the rock with her right leg crossed over her left, leaning on the rock on her right elbow and looking down. She holds out a bowl with a pat of butter in her right hand, and in her left has the handle of a knife (blade missing). A brown basket full of yellow rolls of butter is perched on the rock beside her, and there is a large pink rose beside her waist. A smaller flower lies on her knee. She has black eyebrows, brown eyes with a curved red line over them, and a red mouth. She wears a red hood, a white bodice with a red belt below the breasts, a pale yellow skirt with a black border pattern, pink shoes, and a pink cloak decorated with black dots and stylized flower heads. The scrolls are picked out in pink and gold, and the rock is green.


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

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 15.2 cm
Width: 9.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Vauxhall ⪼ Surrey ⪼ England
  • Longton Hall ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1950-09) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs


18th Century, Mid
George II
Circa 1754 CE - 1760 CE


This model has been attributed to Longton Hall, c. 1754-7 (see Documentation) but it has been suggested that it might have been made at the Vauxhall Porcelain Factory, c. 1756-60. Another example is in the Schreibert Collection at the Victoria & Albert Museum, 414:678-1885.

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of gold ( a little) enamels ( green, pale yellow, yellow, pink, red, 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 in green, pale yellow, yellow, pink, red, brown, and black enamels, and a little gilding. The open underside is unglazed.
Glazing (coating)

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.101-1950
Primary reference Number: 39319
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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