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Figure - Fire

Fire

  • Object:

    Figure

  • Place of origin:

    Bristol (made)

  • Date:

    1772-1775 (modelled)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bristol porcelain factory (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hard-paste porcelain painted in enamels and gilded

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lady Charlotte Schreiber

  • Museum number:

    414:731/B-1885

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case H, shelf 1

Physical description

Figure, in hard-paste porcelain painted in enamels and gilded, of Fire represented by a bearded man in the guise of Vulcan, with a flowered scarf thrown loosely round his naked body, in the act of forging a thunderbolt on an anvil;d both arms are raised to swing a hammer, and at his feet is a breast-plate with a lion's head shoulder-piece

Place of Origin

Bristol (made)

Date

1772-1775 (modelled)

Artist/maker

Bristol porcelain factory (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Hard-paste porcelain painted in enamels and gilded

Marks and inscriptions

'T°' [Impressed]
The mark of the 'repairer', traditionally identified as 'Tebo' but possibly John Toulouse or another

Dimensions

Height: 26.7 cm

Object history note

One of four figures, emblematic of the Elements, with 414:731/ to C-1885 (Sch. I 743 to C)
Lady Charlotte Schreiber purchased three of these figures from Heigham or Higham, London, for £24 in July 1868 and the fourth from Wareham, London, for £10 10 shillings in July 1871

Descriptive line

Figure, in hard-paste porcelain painted in enamels and gilded, of Fire represented by a bearded man in the guise of Vulcan, made by Bristol porcelain factory, Bristol, modelled 1772-1775

Materials

Hard paste porcelain

Techniques

Painted

Subjects depicted

Man; Body armour; Thunder; Four elements

Categories

Ceramics; Porcelain

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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