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Comedy: C.936A-1928

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Titles

Comedy

Maker(s)

Unidentified factory (Production)

Description

Earthenware figure, moulded and modelled, pearl-ware glazed and painted with polychrome enamels.

Staffordshire figure representing Comedy, standing on an oval base. A woman stands beside a pedestal and holds a circular shield in her left hand and a mirror in her right. She wears a long, flowing, short-sleeved, green gown and a red cloak draped over her left shoulder. The shield is yellow and decorated with a satyr mask, the pedestal is red-brown. The base is a pointed oval mound, moulded in relief with flowers and painted in green, blue and red. The back of the figure is flattened, but fully moulded and painted. The underside is recessed and glazed, with a central vent hole.

Notes

History note: Bought as a pair from Mr. Wordingham of Cambridge on 8 August 1925, for £4, by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, Trinity College, Cambridge. Mr Wordingham had bought them at Wisbech.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L.Glaisher Bequest, 1928

Measurements and weight

Height: 14.6 cm
Width: 10.5 cm

Relative size of this object

10.5 cm14.6 cm What does this represent?

Relative size of this object is displayed using code inspired by Good Form and Spectacle's work on the British Museum's Waddeson Bequest website and their dimension drawer. They chose a tennis ball to represent a universally sized object, from which you could envisage the size of an object.

Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

First quarter of 19th century
Circa 1810 - Circa 1820 1820

Note

Pearlware figures decorated with enamels were in production by 1780, though the bright coloured enamels on these figures indicates an early 19th Century date. They were generally made at smaller potteries and are rarely marked. A cheaper alternative to porcelain figures, they drew on a variety of sources, including sculpture and porcelain figures. Classical, biblical, mythological and literary subjects were popular, as were animals and representations of rural life, seasons and trades. Here the bodies are simple 3-part moulds, with a few hand-modelled parts applied.

This is one of a pair of female figures representing Comedy and Tragedy, personifications which date from ancient Greece. The Fitzwilliam collection holds three such earthenware figures, a pair (C.936A-1928 and C.936B-1928) and Tragedy (C.937-1928). Similarities in moulding and colours suggest that these may have come from the same maker.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration: composed of enamels lead-glaze Parts:

Materials used in production

Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Earthenware, moulded with applied modelled parts, lead glazed and painted with enamels.

Inscription or legends present

  • No visible mark
  • Text: 4673a Staffordshire figure of standing woman carrying a shield on which is a Gorgon’s head. b. in Cambridge. Aug 9 1925, one of a pair
  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Rectangular paper label handwritten in black ink
  • Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.936A-1928
Primary reference Number: 76409
Old object number: 4573
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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