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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1959,1102.49

  • Description

    Figure of Terpsichore; greyish-white porcelain; female muse dancing; tambourine on ground at her side; figure supported by tree trunk encrusted with flower sprays; incised on back of tree stump; base unglazed with hole in centre; figure is partially hollow.

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1750 (circa)
  • Production place

    • Factory in: Bow
    • (Europe,United Kingdom,England,Greater London,London,Tower Hamlets,Bow)
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 16.5 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        stump
      • Inscription Content

        TERPSICHORE
  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    19 June 2000

    Reason for treatment

    Storage

    Treatment proposal

    Check condition and clean objects, (occassional remedial work to old restoration.)

    Condition

    Stable, small amount of surface dirt. Both hads have been restored and have yellowed.

    Treatment details

    Surface cleaned with warm distilled water applied with cotton wool. Residue removed with cotton wool and Kleenex tissue.

    About these records 

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1959

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1959,1102.49

Figure of Terpsichore; greyish-white porcelain; female muse dancing; tambourine on ground at her side; figure supported by tree trunk encrusted with flower sprays; incised on back of tree stump; base unglazed with hole in centre; figure is partially hollow.

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