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The Callipygian Venus: C.3213-1928

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The Callipygian Venus


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Greyish-white hard-paste porcelain, moulded, and glazed

Glazed hard-paste porcelain, moulded, and glazed, including the underside. The figure stands on an irregularly shaped low base with a C scroll on one side at the front. Venus stands on her left leg with righta little behind it with relaxed knee. She leans back and to her right holding up her drape in her left arm beside her head and holding it out to her left with her right arm. A part of the drape is wrapped over her right upper arm, and the main part falls down to the ground behind her.


History note: Puttick & Simpson, London, 8 October, 1920, lot 126

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 14.1 cm
Width: 61 cm

Relative size of this object

61 cm14.1 cm What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 18th century
Production date: circa AD 1770


The model was derived from the Callipygian Venus now in the Museo Nazionale, Naples. In the 18th century it was in the Farnese Collection in Rome, and from at least 1792 at Capodimonte. Porcelain reductions were made at Doccia and Sèvres.

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Materials used in production

Glaze Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded, and glazed

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: open 4 or Roman 9 or 11

  • Text: 4 or XI or IX
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: Rectangular paper stick-on label with rounded top corners and narrow blue border

  • Text: No 3811./Venice white/figure of woman/dancing. b. at/Putticks’. Oct. 8/1920
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in Dr Glaisher’s hand in now brown ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3213-1928
Primary reference Number: 74512
Old object number: 3811
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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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