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Boy playing a concertina: C.1223-1928

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Object information

Current Location: In storage

Titles

Boy playing a concertina

Maker(s)

Pottery: Doulton & Co.
Modeller: Tinworth, George
Assistant: Atkins, Elizabeth (Possibly)

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Description

Stoneware figure covered with dark blue salt-glaze.

A boy sits on a pedestal, playing a concertina. The octagonal base is moulded to form three shallow steps at the top surrounding a short, ridged pedestal. The boy is hand-modelled, with face, fingers and toes finely detailed. He wears a wide-brim hat and loin-cloth. The whole is covered in cream slip and a thin covering of dark blue glaze, so that the cream colour shows through on the face and on the sharp edges of the pedestal and concertina. A square cut has been made into the back of the pedestal and a hole drilled through into the hollow base. The underside is unglazed, except for the rim.

Notes

History note: Low, Foulsham & Coles. Bought on 9 February 1925 for £1.10/- (one pound ten shillings) by Dr Glaisher, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L.Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 6.4 cm
Depth: 2.5 in
Height: 12.1 cm
Height: 4.875 in
Width: 6.5 cm
Width: 16.7 in

Relative size of this object

16.7 cm4.9 cm6.4 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Lambeth ⪼ Middlesex ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

Late 19th Century
Victorian
Circa 1880 CE - 1890 CE

Note

Doulton and Co, founded c.1815, originally made utility ceramics, with some stoneware jugs and bottles. In the mid 1860s, Henry Doulton introduced decorative stoneware and architectural terracotta and, over the next 50 years, employed some 400 artists, many of them Lambeth School of Art students. Doulton championed individuality, innovation and versatility, and his modellers and decorators used a wide range of techniques and decorative treatments in producing both unique, artist-signed, and limited edition pieces. From 1872 the business expanded into faience and in the 1880s opened a factory at Burslem, Staffordshire, where bone china and other wares were made. In 1901, Edward VII granted the Royal warrant to the factory. Stoneware production at Lambeth reduced after 1914, and ceased in 1956.

George Tinworth (1843-1913 ) worked for his father, a wheelwright, whilst he studied modelling at Lambeth School of Art and the Royal Academy. He worked at Doulton & Co from 1866-1913, where he lead the introduction of decorative salt-glazed stoneware. His most important commissions were terracotta relief panels, of which he made some 500, including a reredos at York Minster and work for the Guards Chapel.

The Doulton mark on the underside suggests the figure was modelled in the 1880s, and, as Dr Glaisher wrote, ‘it is difficult to think that it is not Tinworth’s work’. But it is unsigned. Rackham (1935) gives a date of 1914, noting that 'according to information given by Messrs. Doulton (1932) the monogram is that of a 'repairer' (name unrecorded) employed to produce one small batch of figures from Tinworth’s moulds after his death, before their destruction'. The incised initials indicate that this may have been the Doulton ware assistant Elizabeth Atkins.

This group is related to a series of boy musicians, playing over 35 instruments, which Tinworth made between 1889-1912; he also made anthropomorphic mice and frogs; and similar studies set around salt-cellars. These were usually brown salt-glazed; it is very rare to find a blue piece. The hole in the back suggests that, as Dr Glaisher’s notebook entry says, the figure was probably made for use as a menu-holder.

School or Style

Art Pottery

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Part

Materials used in production

Salt-glaze
Stoneware

Techniques used in production

Salt-glazing

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular Doulton seal

  • Text: DOULTON LAMBETH
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: EA
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Initials

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1223-1928
Primary reference Number: 71620
Old object number: 4477
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 22 November 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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