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Beggar Woman with Children: C.14-1954

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Beggar Woman with Children


Meissen Porcelain Factory (Factory)
Kändler, Johann Joachim (Modeller)


Hard-paste porcelain painted in enamels.
She stands on a long flat white base encrusted with coloured foliage and flowers. She carries a brown cradle decorated with yellow tufts, which appears to be unsupported. In the cradle lies an infant holding to its mouth, with both hands, one corner of the white cloth in which it is wrapped, and which is sparsely decorated with red stars. At her right side stands a child whose left hand she holds, her own left hand being stretched over the cradle. In his right hand the child holds a brown stick.
She wears a white lace cap, almost concealed by a black kerchief hanging down her back and knotted under her chin, a white chemise, a long yellow low-cut dress terminating in brown and white fur trimming, white stockings, and black shoes with red bows. Round her waist she wears a drab apron caught up under the cradle. The child is bare-headed, and wears a long blue coat open at the neck and trimmed with fur at the bottom, over a long maroon robe similarly trimmed, over green trousers and brown shoes. A muff of fur is slung round his waist by a black strap.


History note: Bought 1st March 1934 from Frau Elfriede Langeloh, Köln, for £75

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Height: 23 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Meissen ⪼ Saxony ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

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


Mid 18th Century
Friedrich August III
Circa 1742 - 1750


The figure is mentioned as the 71st entry (unnumbered) in Kaendler's Taxa (list of models made in overtime between late 1739 and end of the 1746) in a position which indicates that it was modelled in 1741. The group was paired with the bagpiper (C.12-1954)

People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production

Enamels Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Modelling Enamelling

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: scarecely discernable

  • Text: crossed swords
  • Location: Underneath the base
  • Method of creation: In underglaze blue
  • Type: Factory mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.14-1954
Primary reference Number: 140126
Old object number: 406
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 2 October 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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