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The Gardener's Wife: C.11-1954

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


The Gardener's Wife


Factory: Meissen Porcelain Factory
Modeller: Eberlein, Johann Friedrich




Hard-paste porcelain painted in enamels. She stands against a white stump on a flat white circular base encrusted with coloured flowers and foliage. With her left hand she holds her apron, enclosing two green marrows and three beetroot. In her right she holds a parsnip.
She wears a peculiar white circular straw-hat, with an oriental looking overhang to the brim, fastened under her chin with a pink ribbon. Her bodice is green with gold buttons, and she also wears a white chemise with sleeves rolled up and fastened at the neck with a yellow string. She also wears a white apron and white skirt. Her feet are bare, and her hair is short and dark.


History note: Bought from Willy Lissauer, Berlin, for £35 on February 11, 1934, by the 2nd Lord Fisher of Kilverstone

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Height: 17.1 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Meissen ⪼ Saxony ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

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


Circa 1746 - 1750


Modelled by Eberlein in 1746

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel
Visible Surfaces composed of glaze

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Glazing (coating)

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.11-1954
Primary reference Number: 140100
Old object number: 393
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 6 September 2021 Last processed: Monday 6 September 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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