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Shepherdess: C.48-1930

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Potter: Wood, Ralph, II (Probably)




Cream earthenware figure of a shepherdess and lamb decorated with coloured lead-glazes

Cream earthenware, press-moulded, and painted with clear blue-tinted, blue, pale green, pale yellow, dull brownish-pink, and brown lead-glazes, and gilded. The shepherdess and her lamb stand on a circular rocky base supported on a low square plinth which is hollow underneath and has a central circular ventilation hole under the figure. The shepherdess looks towards her left, and has her left arm raised to hold a crook, now missing. She wears a white cap with a round green hat perched on top of it, a chemise, a low-necked brown dress with a yellow petticoat, and a white apron which is draped over her right lower arm. A cluster of flowers and fruits rest on top of it. The lamb is seated on her left, and is looking round her skirt towards the viewer.


History note: Stoner & Evans, London

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

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Height: 25.7 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Burslem ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1930-11-14) by Stoner & Evans


18th century
Circa 1783 - Circa 1793


Probably made in Burslem by Ralph Wood II, or after his death in 1795 by his son Ralph Wood III. Figures were also made by Ralph II's brother John at Brownhills.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of lead-glaze ( clear blue-tinted, blue, pale green, pale yellow, dull brownish-pink, brown, and dark brown lead-glazes) gold
Plinth Depth 7 cm Width 7 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Cream earthenware, press-moulded, and painted with clear blue-tinted, blue, pale green, pale yellow, dull brownish-pink, and brown lead-glazes, and gilded.

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.48-1930
Primary reference Number: 75246
Glaisher Additions Number: Gl.14-1930
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 31 January 2023 Last processed: Tuesday 31 January 2023

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

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