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Piedmontese Bagpiper: C.12-1954

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Piedmontese Bagpiper


Factory: Meissen Porcelain Factory
Modeller: Kändler, Johann Joachim




Hard-paste porcelain painted in enamels.He stands with his right leg advanced, supported by a white stump on a low white base encrusted with bold coloured flowers and foliage. Under his left arm he carries the bag of a huge double pipe Bag-pipe, which he supports with his left hand and plays on with the fingers of his right hand. The mouthpiece is close to his lips, which are closed.
His black hair shows under a large white hat, with a red ribbon and a yellow favour. He wears a long yellow coat with gold buttons over a blue waistcoat, both trimmed with gold and open at the front, disclosing a white shirt with pink cuffs, secured round the waist by a pink band and a pink bow above it. He also wears close fitting 'jodhpur' breeches, and black shoes with black bows. Over his back falls a voluminous white cloak, caught up behind his right shoulder.


History note: Bought from Willy Lissauer, Berlin, on July 23 1933, for £50 by Cecil Vavasseur, 2nd Baron 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: 23.5 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 1745


Modelled by Johann Joachim Kaendler (1706-75) in July and August 1741 after a print 'Ce spectacle ambulant' of 1739 by Jean Daullé (1703-1763) after a painting by Jacques Dumont le Roman (1701-1781). The model is listed as the 70th (unnumbered) in Kaendler's 'Taxa' (list of models made in overtime from late 1739 to end of 1746). Meissen model nol. 297.

School or Style


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


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: crossed swords
  • Method of creation: Painted faintly in blue
  • Type: Factory mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.12-1954
Primary reference Number: 140115
Old object number: 395
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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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