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Lady wearing a Sack Dress: C.782-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Lady wearing a Sack Dress


Production: Unidentified Staffordshire Pottery




Dark brown and white marbled clays (solid agateware) press-moulded, with splashes of blue, and salt-glaze. The lady stands facing the front. Her hair is drawn back from her forehead and into a chignon behind. She wears a skirt with vertical stripes or tucks over a hoop, a stomacher, and a jacket bodice with a sack back (a pet-en-lair). and wide flounced sleeves. Round her neck has a double ruched ribbon neck band.


History note: Harold Davis, 39 King Street, St James’s, London; from whom purchased for £150 on 1 October 1928 with another similar figure, by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 5 cm
Height: 14 cm
Width: 8 cm

Relative size of this object

8 cm14 cm5 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


Mid 18th Century
George II
Circa 1750 CE - 1760 CE

Components of the work

Decoration composed of cobalt oxide ( blue)

Materials used in production

dark brown and white clays Stoneware

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Dark brown and white marbled clays (solid agateware), press-moulded in two halves with a separate white clay front to the head, faintly painted on the stomacher and skirt with four splashes of blue, and salt-glazed

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular white stick-on label with cut top corners

  • Text: illegible
  • Location: Inside front of skirt
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in faded ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.782-1928
Primary reference Number: 76050
Old object number: 5095
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 June 2019 Last processed: Wednesday 11 January 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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