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The Prudent Mother: C.3077-1928

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The Prudent Mother


Derby Porcelain Factory (Factory)


Soft-paste porcelain, slip-cast, and painted over lead-glaze in green, flesh-pink, red, pale brown, grey, and black enamels, and gilt

Soft-paste porcelain, slip-cast, and painted over lead-glaze in green, flesh-pink, red, pale brown, grey, and black enamels, and gilt. The underside is unglazed and has four patch marks surrounding a large central ventilation hole. The group is supported on a rectangular pedestal base. The lower register has projecting corners decorated with rosettes, and on the sides, swags in relief. Above, the sides are fluted and concave with a moulding round the top. The mother sits in a high-backed chair, resting her left foot on a green footstool or kneeler. She has her left arm round the shoulders of a little boy who rests his elbows on her left thigh. She points with her right hand to a book on her lap, which he is trying to read. She wears a cap, a dress with a kerchief round its neckline, and an apron decorated with scattered sprays of gold leaves. Gold lines run round the lower edge of her sleeves, bodice, edge of the apron, and hem. The boy wears a coat, breeches, and shoes. The figures are white except for their hair, flesh and features. There is a red line round the edge of the book. The rosettes on the base have gold centres, and the upper and lower edges of its upper part have a horizontal gold band running round them.


History note: Law, Foulsham and Cole, South Molton Street, London from whom purchased for £19 with its pair, the Madonna and Child on 23 October 1916 by Dr. J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge. The asking price individually was £10.10s.

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 21.2 cm
Width: 10.5 cm

Relative size of this object

10.5 cm21.2 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Derby ⪼ Derbyshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


Late 18th century
George III
Circa 1780 - 1790 1790


A pair with C.3078-1928

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration: composed of enamels ( green, flesh-pink, red, pale brown, grey, and black) lead-glaze ( presumed lead) gold Proper Left Side: Depth 11.2 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 green, flesh-pink, red, pale brown, grey, and black enamels, and gilt

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: No 137
  • Location: In base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3077-1928
Primary reference Number: 42654
Old object number: 4504
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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