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Two Putti playing with a Dolphin: C.3028-1928

Object information


Two Putti playing with a Dolphin


Bow Porcelain Manufactory (Factory)


Soft-paste porcelain group of Two Putti playing with a Dolphin.

Soft-paste porcelain containing bone ash, thickly press-moulded, and glazed on the exterior, and on most of the interior of the large ventilation hole under the right putto. The rest of the underside is flat and unglazed. The group is supported on an oval low mound base decorated with applied flowers and leaves. The putti are naked but each has a long drape passing over one shoulder. One putto sits on the right with his left leg raised in the air and his right leg bent with the foot on the ground. His arms are raised towards the other putto and he looks towards the viewer. The other putto strides over the other's raised leg with his left leg, and bends back slightly as he grasps the struggling dolphin in his arms. The dolphin is scaly and has in its gaping mouth a square aperture to take a candle branch.


History note: Henry J. Fielding; Puttick & Simpson, 27 January 1922, Pottery and Porcelain the property of the late Henry Johnes Fielding Esq. (grandson of Henry Fielding, 17 Hereford Square, SW), lot 102. Purchased by the auction porter for Dr Glaisher for £1.11.6.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher

Measurements and weight

Height: 19.0 cm
Length: 16.0 cm

Relative size of this object

16 cm19 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Stratford-le-Bow ⪼ Essex ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Mid-18th Century
George II
Circa 1750 - 1755 1755


The model was derived from a Vincennes or Meissen original.

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze presumed phosphatic Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Soft-paste porcelain containing bone ash, thickly press-moulded, and glazed on the exterior, and on most of the interior of the large ventilation hole under the right putto

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3028-1928
Primary reference Number: 41559
Old object number: 3993
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 14 February 2019 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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