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Gardener: C.101-1932

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Current Location: In storage




Factory: Derby Porcelain Factory




Soft-paste porcelain figure of a gardener holding a flower in his right hand, standing beside a tree stump on a circular base, painted in enamels, and gilded

Soft-paste porcelain figure of a gardener, slip-cast, and painted overglaze in blue, green, yellow, pink, pale purple, red, flesh-tan, brown, and black enamels, and gilt. The figure stands on a circular base with vertical scrolled and pierced sides, and a tree stump on the viewer’s left side. On the top there is a group of five applied flowers and leaves, and a group of leaves.The gardener stands on his right leg, with his left bent at the knee behind him. His holds out a bunch of flowers in his left hand, and with his right, reaches behind his back to take more flowers from a basket resting on top of the tree stump. He has brown curly hair, sideburns, and eyebrows, a ruddy complexion and red lips. He wears a red jacket decorated with green spots and gold dotted circles, which has pink cuffs and lining, and gold front edges and buttons. His shirt is white, and round his neck is a yellow scarf with a pattern of dots and groups of three strokes. He has fall-front knee breeches are sage green with broad gold stripes, buttons, and bows at the knees, white stockings, and black shoes with black bows. The top of the base is dappled green over brown, the leaves green, and the flowers pink with yellow centres. The tree trunk is dapplied in brown and green, and the basket is pink with blue and pale purple flowers with yellow centres. The scrolls on the edge are gilded.


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

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 25.3 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Derby ⪼ Derbyshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1932-10) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs


19th Century, Early#
George III
George IV
Circa 1810 - 1825

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, green, yellow, pink, pale purple, red, flesh-tan, brown, and black) gold
Base Diameter 9.7 cm

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Slip-casting : Soft-paste porcelain, slip-cast, lead-glazed, painted overglaze in in blue, green, yellow, pink, pale purple, red, flesh-tan, brown, and black enamels, and gilt

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Script N with raised o

  • Text: No 361
  • Location: On underside of base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: a crown over crossed batons blanked by groups of three dots, over 'D'
  • Location: On underside of base
  • Method of creation: Painted in red enamel
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: situated to right of the factory mark

  • Text: 53
  • Location: On underside of base
  • Method of creation: Painted in red enamel
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: £ M
  • Location: On the unglazed area of the base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in pencil
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.101-1932
Primary reference Number: 71135
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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