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The Virgin holding the Christ Child: C.2333-1928

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The Virgin holding the Christ Child


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Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue, yellow, orange, brown, and manganese-purple. The Virgin stands holding the Christ Child in her left arm. She wears a crown and a veil over her long gown. Most of the group is left white with the features painted naturalistically, and the outlines of the costume lightly delineated in the various colurs. The eight-sided base is unglazed and concave underneth with a ventilation hold in the middle.


History note: Paris, where purchased from Madame …… -Meyer at her shop in the rue St Honoré Paris, on Sept 12, 1913 for 95 Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 31 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Nevers ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 18th century
Circa 1770 CE - 1799 CE


Attribution to Nevers uncertain

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high temperature colours ( blue, yellow, orange, brown, and manganese)

Materials used in production

Tin-glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Earthenware, moulded, tin-glazed, and painted inglaze in blue, yellow, orange, brown, and manganese-purple high-temperature colours

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2333-1928
Primary reference Number: 73373
Old object number: 3701
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 23 March 2016 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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