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James Quinn (1693-1766) as Falstaff: C.50 & A-1918

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Current Location: In storage

Titles

James Quinn (1693-1766) as Falstaff

Maker(s)

Derby Porcelain Factory (Factory)
William Duesbury & Co.
Derived from McArdell, James (Engraver)
After Hayman, Francis (Painter)

Description

Soft-paste porcelain, slip-cast, and painted over lead-glaze in pale turquoise, green, yellow, pink, mauve, orange, red, pale reddish-brown, grey, and black enamels, and gilt

Soft-paste porcelain, slip-cast, and painted over lead-glaze in pale turquoise, green, yellow, pink, mauve, orange, red, pale reddish-brown, grey, and black enamels, and gilt. The flat underside is unglazed, and has three patch marks, and a circular ventilation hole to rear of centre. The roughly oval base has a tall, thick tree stump at the back, and rococo scrolls at the front, above which are three groups of applied flowers and leaves. Quinn stands facing the front, with his feet apart. His right hand holds an upright sword (missing), and an oval shield is strapped to his upper left arm, the clenched hand of which rests on his hip. He has a ruddy complexion, a grey beard and white hair, over which is a white broad-brimmed hat with a mauve underside, and white feathers. He wears a soft white ruff, a yellow sleeved doublet with gold borders, pockets, and red cuffs, a red and gold belt, a pink sleeveless coat with a gold edge, red breeches, and pale brown high boots. A bill projects from his right waistcoat pocket. The flowers on either side of his feet are mauve, and yellow, and those between his feet, are mauve, yellow, and red. The scrolls are picked out in gold. The sword blade has been replaced by a steel blade, now separate.

Notes

History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Ralph Griffin, MA, FSA

Measurements and weight

Height: 37.5 cm
Width: 23.8 cm

Relative size of this object

23.8 cm37.5 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Derby ⪼ Derbyshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1918-08-28) by Griffin, Ralph, MA, FSA

Dating

Mid-18th Century
George III
Production date: circa AD 1765

Note

This model represents the actor, James Quinn (1693-1766), in the role of Sir John Falstaff.The first model was derived from an engraving of about 1760 by James McArdell after a portrait by Francis Hayman, 'Mr Quinn in the character of Sir John Falstaff'. Sold at the Golden Head in Covent Garden. See an example in the British Museum. CS.149.1 Cheylesmore colln. 1902.10-11.3373.

School or Style

Rococo

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( in pale turquoise, green, yellow, pink, mauve, orange, red, pale reddish-brown, grey, and black) lead-glaze ( presumed lead) gold Base Diameter 15.5 cm
Steel Blade Length 17.0 cm

Materials used in production

Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Slip-casting : Soft-paste porcelain, slip-cast, and painted over lead-glaze in pale turquoise, green, yellow, pink, mauve, orange, red, pale reddish-brown, grey, and black enamels, and gilt
Lead-glazing

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: No 200
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Number

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.50 & A-1918
Primary reference Number: 42629
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 14 February 2019 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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