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Wading Bird: C.812-1928

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Wading Bird


Unidentified Staffordshire factory (Factory)


White stoneware, painted with cobalt-blue and salt-glazed

White salt-glazed stoneware painted with a little dark cobalt-blue. The wading bird (probably a crane) stands facing to the right in front of a tall tree stump on a ten-sided mound base. Its eyes and claws and the edge of the base are coloured blue. The base is decorated with applied floral sprays, and there is a stem on each side of the tree trunk. The figure originally had a second bird, now missing, standing on the other side of the trunk


History note: Purchased in London in 1905 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 30.2 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Third quarter of 18th century
George II
Circa 1750 CE - 1760 CE


The crane was based on a Chinese blanc-de-chine taper or brush holder. Originally this model had another bird on the other side of the stump. A complete example was bequeathed to the British Museum by Wallace Elliot in 1938. For comparable Chinese figures, see Fitzwilliam Museum C.36A & B-1962.

Components of the work

Surface composed of salt-glaze Decoration composed of cobalt-blue

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : White stoneware, press-moulded in parts, assembled, painted in cobalt blue and salt-glazed

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.812-1928
Primary reference Number: 76143
Old object number: 443
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 1 December 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 22 February 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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