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Lady Dancing: C.3082A-1928

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Lady Dancing


Derby Porcelain Factory (Factory)
Robert Bloor & Co. (Proprietor)


Bone china, slip-cast, with applied details, painted in enamels and gilded

Bone china, slip cast, with applied net, glazed, and painted in blue, turquoise, green, yellow, pale pink, dark rose pink, red, lilac, and black enamel, and gilt. The underside is unglazed except for a small area around the central circular ventilation hole. The base has a shaped edge decorated with scrolls and a rocaille shell motif at centre front. It rises up at the back into a very low tree stump which supports the figure. The woman stands with her right foot advanced, holding out both arms as if to hold up her dress. She has almost black hair drawn up into a bun on the crown of her head, and has grey eyebrows, blue eyes, pink cheeks and a red mouth. She has bracelets on both wrists and a cross on a necklace round her neck. She wears a lace cap, a chemise with elbow-length ruffled sleeves, an open robe with a lilac bodice and pink skirt semé with groups of four blue dots, and a yellow sack back semé with darker yellow dotted flower heads. The skirt has a border of applied net with a turquoise upper edge and a gold lower edge. Her petticoat has a yellow and lilac striped upper part, and a horizontal border of dark pink roses and foliage between bands of applied net, the lower one broader, and gilded. Her shoes are red with yellow pompoms on top. The tree stump is black, the top af the base, green, and the flowers on it, pink, yellow, and blue.The scrolls on the base are picked out in gold and the rocaille shell motif is partly pink.


History note: Given to Dr Glaisher by Mrs W.D. (Frances Louisa) Dickson at Bournemouith on 3 November 1916 (probably for his birthday on 5 November)

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 17.5 cm
Width: 10.2 cm

Relative size of this object

10.2 cm17.5 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Derby ⪼ Derbyshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Mid-19th Century
Bloor Period
Production date: circa AD 1840 : Robert Bloor died 1846

School or Style

Rococo Revival

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, turquoise, green, yellow, pale pink, dark rose pink, red, lilac, and black) net gold Details

Materials used in production

Glaze Bone china

Techniques used in production

Slip-casting Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: N with small raised o

  • Text: No 317
  • Location: On underside of base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: D X
  • Location: On underside of base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: crossed swords
  • Location: On underside of base
  • Method of creation: Painted underglaze in blue
  • Type: Factory mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3082A-1928
Primary reference Number: 43451
Old object number: 4507
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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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