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Provençal Fife and Drum Player from the Cries de Paris: C.32-1954

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Provençal Fife and Drum Player from the Cries de Paris


Factory: Meissen Porcelain Factory
Modeller: Reinicke, Peter




Hard-paste porcelain painted in green, yellow, flesh pink, a little red, brown, and black enamels, and gilt.

Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded, and painted overglaze in green, yellow, flesh pink, a little red, beige, brown, and black enamels, and gilt. The underside of the base is unglazed, and has had the ventilation hole and two firing cracks filled with a brown substance. The low, irregular four-sided base has a tall tree stump at the back and is decorated with applied leaves and a yellow and a red and white rose at the front. The musician stands on his right leg with his left extended in front. In his left hand he holds a large brown pipe to his lips. In his right hand he holds a brown drum-stick with which he plays on a monstrous white drum decorated with pale brown rope trimmings. The base of the drum rests on the tree-stump, and it is supported by a beige strap which hangs over his left arm. The drummer has thick curly grey hair hanging down to his shoulders. He wears a black three-cornered hat with a gold stud on its left side, a white shirt with ruffles at the wrists, a long white coat with gold buttons; pale yellow breeches with gold bands at the knees; white stockings, and black shoes with gold buckles.


History note: Purchased by the 2nd Lord Fisher on 23 July 1933 from Willy Lissauer, Berlin for £36

Legal notes

Given by Lord and Lady Fisher through the National Art Collections Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 19.5 cm
Width: 12.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Meissen ⪼ Saxony ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1954-01-14) by Fisher, Lord and Lady


18th Century, Mid
Production date: circa AD 1747


This figure is one of the first series of Meissen Cries of Paris. It was modelled about 1747 after 'Le Provençal', plate 9 of the fourth set of Etudes prises dans le bas Peuple ou les Cris de Paris, engraved by the comte de Caylus (1692-1765) after drawings by Edmé Bouchardon (1689-1762), published in 1742.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( green, yellow, flesh pink, a little red, brown, black) gold
Base Depth 6.5 cm

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded in parts, assembled, glazed, painted in enamels, and gilt
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: very small crossed swords
  • Location: On back edge of base
  • Method of creation: Painted underglaze in blue
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: F
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: printed in red, the Fisher crest with below 'No.' (o raised) followed by '391' hand-written in black ink
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Printed in red and hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.32-1954
Primary reference Number: 131044
Old catalogue number: 391
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 December 2023 Last processed: Tuesday 19 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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