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Beggar Woman with Children: C.14-1954

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Beggar Woman with Children


Factory: Meissen Porcelain Factory
Modeller: Kändler, Johann Joachim




Hard-paste porcelain painted in blue, turquoise, green, bright yellow, flesh pink, red, purple, brown, and black enamels. The woman 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 on 1 March 1934 from Frau Elfriede Langeloh, Cologne, for £75 by Cecil, 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 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
Friedrich August III
Circa 1742 - 1750


This group was based on 'Croisséz tendres enfans, fardeau de vôtre mère', painted and then etched by Jacques Dumont le Romain (1704-81),and finished in an engraving of 1739 by Jean Daullé (1703-63). The model is mentioned in Kaendler's Work Report in February 1744, and in his undated Taxa for 1740-44 as the 71st entry (unnumbered). The group was paired with the old man bagpiper (C.12-1954). Model no. 525 in the Meissen Directory of Models, 1730-1831.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels
Surface composed of glaze
Main Parts

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: scarcely discernable

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

References and bibliographic entries

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: Tuesday 21 November 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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