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Venus holding a Flaming Heart: C.3061-1928

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Venus holding a Flaming Heart


Production: Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory
Modeller: Joseph Willems (Probably)




Figure. Soft-paste porcelain, slip cast, but heavy, and lead-glazed. The underside is unglazed and has a circular ventilation hole near the back. The figure stands on a square, straight-sided base in front of a large tree trunk dividing into two branches bearing applied flowers and leaves, one projecting on the left of the figure and the other, dividing again into two, projecting on the right. The goddess stands on her right leg with the left relaxed behind her. She leans back slightly and looks at a flaming heart held up in her right hand. Her left hand is by her side, and originally held something. She has long hair drawn into a bunch at the back and divided into tresses which fall down onto her shoulders. She wears an off-the-shoulder dress held on by a strap over her left shoulder, a drape around her left arm and hips which extends down to the ground behind her. There is an applied flower and three leaves to the viewer's left of her feet; three flowers and six leaves in the middle of the base, and one flower and four leaves at the back of the base on the right.


History note: Puttick and Simpson, London, 17 January 1919, lot 78.

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 26.7 cm
Width: 14.4 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Red anchor period (1752-1756)
18th Century, Mid
Production date: circa AD 1755

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production

presumed lead; except for base Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Slip-cast : Figure. Soft-paste porcelain, slip-cast, but heavy, and lead-glazed

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3061-1928
Primary reference Number: 80752
Old object number: 3907
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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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