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Model shoe: C.1596-1928

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Possibly unidentified London pottery (Pottery)
Possibly Unidentified Bristol pottery (Pottery)


Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue and manganese with Cupid, a young man, flowers, and inscription

Buff earthenware, tin-glazed and painted in blue and manganese-purple. In the form of a high-heeled shoe mounted with a hinged metal cover for use as a box. On the upper part of the front of the shoe there is a shaped panel enclosing a flying Cupid holding a bow and arrow above a man with bare legs, apparently holding his clothes about him. On the left are the initials and date ‘IW 1763’. The sides, back, and heel are decorated with flowers reserved in a blue ground. The underside of the heel and sole are manganese-purple.


History note: Alfred Trapnell, Great Chalfield, Wollstonecroft Road, Bournemouth; his sale, Christie’s 16-19 March 1914, Porcelain, objects of art and silver-mounted vessels, day 3, part of lot 400; bought by Mr Harding on behalf of Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Length: 11.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England
  • Bristol ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Third quarter of 18th century
George III
Production date: dated AD/CE 1763


Probably made by a London pottery or at Bristol

The presence of Cupid suggests that the shoe was an amatory gift.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration: composed of high-temperature colour ( blue from cobalt, and manganese-purple) Rim:

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Buff earthenware, moulded, tin-glazed, painted in blue and manganese-purple, and mounted with a rim and cover

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: the J is written as a dotted I

  • Text: J.W. 1763
  • Location: On side of shoe
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1596-1928
Primary reference Number: 72279
Old object number: 4882
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 16 February 2021 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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