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Fable Candlestick: the Vain Jackdaw: C.84-1932

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Current Location: In storage


Fable Candlestick: the Vain Jackdaw


Factory: Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory




Soft-paste porcelain Fable Candlestick, slip-cast and hand modelled, painted over lead-glaze in blue, green, yellow, puce, red, reddish-brown, and grey enamels, and gilt

Soft-paste porcelain Fable Candlestick, slip-cast and hand modelled, painted over lead-glaze in blue, green, yellow, puce, red, reddish-brown, and grey enamels, and gilt. The underside is glazed and has a large ventilation whole near the back. The shaped base has scrolls round the front edge, and is supported on two scroll feet at the sides and one at centre back. At the back there is a small loop handle attached to the tree trunk, on each side of which at the front there is bocage with clusters of small white May flowers, and a few larger red and puce flowers. In front of the tee stands a peacock facing to the viewer's left, with another in front of it on the ground to the left, looking towards and pecking at the jackdaw in peacock's plumage which is also on the ground. There are a few applied flowers and leaves on top of the base. the scrolls on the edge are picked out in gold.


History note: Unknown before donor, Mrs W.D. (Frances Louisa) Dickson, Bournemouth

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 18 cm
Width: 15 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1932) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs


Gold anchor period (1759-69)
Second half of 18th century
George III
Circa 1765 CE - 1770 CE


The source of the design was the engraving illustrating Fable 47, The Jay and the Peacock on p. 95 of Francis Barlow's Aesop's Fables, London, 1665.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, green, yellow, puce, red, reddish-brown, and grey) gold

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Slip-casting : Soft-paste porcelain, slip-cast and hand modelled, painted over lead-glaze in blue, green, yellow, puce, red, reddish-brown, and grey enamels, and gilt

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.84-1932
Primary reference Number: 76211
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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