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Woman playing a Mandolin: C.1-1954

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)

Titles

Woman playing a Mandolin

Maker(s)

Factory: Meissen Porcelain Factory
Modeller: Eberlein, Johann Friedrich

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Description

Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded, glazed and painted in enamels.The woman stands on a square white base encrusted with coloured foliage and flowers, and is supported at the back by a low white stump. She wears a black pointed Dutch bonnet, fastened under her chin, a white cravat over her shoulders, and a white bodice with short sleeves, laced across the front. She also wears a plum coloured skirt hitched up with a broad black band, a yellow apron tied round the waist with a red ribbon, white stockings and black shoes.

Notes

History note: Purchased from Stoner & Evans, London on 9 January 1933 for £15 by the 2nd Lord Fisher; Lord and Lady Fisher of Kilverstone

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Height: 17.9 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Meissen ⪼ Saxony ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

Mid 18th Century
Circa 1745 CE - 1750 CE

Note

Probably the model of ‘1 Holländische Bauer Mädel mit einer Laute verfertiget’ in Eberlein's Arbeitsberichte for August 1743, although the muscal instrument is usually described as a mandoline. The figure has also been attributed to Peter Reinicke

School or Style

Baroque

Components of the work

Visible Surfaces composed of glaze ( clear)
Decoration composed of enamel

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: caduceus
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Incised mark
  • Text: crossed swords
  • Location: At back of base
  • Method of creation: Painted underglaze in blue
  • Type: Factory mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1-1954
Primary reference Number: 140105
Old object number: 364
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 2 October 2020 Last processed: Friday 11 November 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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