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Pew Group of Two Musicians: C.778-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Pew Group of Two Musicians


Production: Unknown




White salt-glazed stoneware, hand-modelled, with applied moulded, and pierced decoration and brown clay and slip details. The two musicians are seated on a high-backed settle which is pierced in the middle by a rounded triangular hole, and three small circular holes, above which is a horse in relief and below a hound in relief. The top of the settle is missing. Its left end is decorated with brown and white clay stripes; the right end has lost these and is painted with brown lines. The lower part of the back is pierced by five arched rectangular apertures, but one of the separating piers is missing. Both men wear long curling wigs, waistcoats and coats with many buttons, and shoes with brown buckles. The man on the viewer's right plays the violin, and the one on the left holds a bagpipe. Something, probably a dog, is missing from the bench between the figures.


History note: Mr Morrell, a dealer in Stoke, who sold it for £35 to a dealer who sold it to Mr Cyril Andrade 8, Duke Street St James, London, SW; purchased from him on March 8, 1912 for £120 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 5.6 cm
Width: 18.7 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Mid 18th Century
George II
Circa 1740 CE - Circa 1745 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of slip ( brown)
Surface composed of salt-glaze
Back Of Settle Height 13.2 cm

Materials used in production

white and brown Stoneware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular white paper stick on label

  • Text: No 3453/saltglaze/group of two/musicians/on a bench./b. in London/March 8, 1912
  • Location: On back of settle
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Labels

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.778-1928
Primary reference Number: 76040
Old object number: 3453
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 1 December 2020 Last processed: Monday 26 September 2022

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

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