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  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1750-1754 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bow Porcelain Factory (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Soft-paste porcelain, glazed

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 2, shelf 6

Physical description

Figure of a sphinx, glazed white soft-paste porcelain. Depicted as half woman, half lion; seated on a sloping rococo scroll base with her head turned to her left; over the lion's back is thrown an ornamental saddle with incised scrolls, terminating in tassels. The lion's tail passes under the hind paw, and ends in the middle of the back. The front portion shows a woman's body with bare breasts dressed in a frilled shirt and ruff. The paws crossed and with cuffs buttoned to the elbows ending in fur at the wrist and elbow. Facing to the front the woman wears a mob, cap and earrings. Undecorated, except for a blob of underglaze blue on the back.

Place of Origin

London (made)


ca. 1750-1754 (made)


Bow Porcelain Factory (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Soft-paste porcelain, glazed


Height: 12.1 cm

Descriptive line

Figure of a sphinx, glazed white soft-paste porcelain; Bow Porcelain Factory, England (London), ca. 1750-54


Soft paste porcelain



Subjects depicted



Ceramics; Porcelain


Ceramics Collection

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