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Boy blowing a Shell Pipe: C.1-1992

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Boy blowing a Shell Pipe


Factory: Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory




Soft-paste porcelain figure of a Boy blowing a Shell Pipe, slip-cast.

Soft-paste porcelain figure of a Boy blowing a Shell Pipe, slip-cast.The glaze on a leaf by the boy's face is tinged with turquoise. The underside is unglazed and has a large circular central ventilation hole. The rectangular base has deep straight sides, and rises up into a rock behind which is a tall narrow tree stump bearing applied groups of an acorn and oak leaves. The rock is decorated with nine applied flower heads.The nude, wavy-haired boy sits on the rock with his left leg behind him, and his right leg forward projecting over the edge. He leans back slightly and holds a long cone-shaped pipe in both hands.


History note: Dr and Mrs Hugh Statham; Dr Statham died 1967; Mrs Statham d. 1970; their daughter, Miss Beryl Statham, by whom lent anonymously in 1970 (Statham Loan 1-1970); bequeathed by Miss Statham (died 17/04/1990), accepted by H.M. Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to the Fitzwilliam Museum.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Miss Statham, accepted by H.M. Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Depth: 10 cm
Height: 16 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Allocated (1992) by H.M. Government


Raised anchor period (1749-1752)
18th Century, Mid
George II
Circa 1749 CE - 1752 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Base Width 8.6 cm

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Slip-casting : Soft-paste porcelain, slip-cast, and lead-glazed
Glazing (coating)

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1-1992
Primary reference Number: 80542
Old loan number: Statham Loan 1-1970
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 13 October 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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