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Peasant Woman holding a Hen: C.15-1954

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Peasant Woman holding a Hen


Factory: Meissen Porcelain Factory
Modeller: Kändler, Johann Joachim




Hard-paste porcelain painted in green, pale yellow, flesh pink, red, pale and dark brown, and black enamels. The peasant woman stands on a low white circular base, encrusted with coloured flowers and foliage, and points with her right hand to the bottom of a brown and white hen, which she carries on her left arm. She wears a black cap, wrapped with a white cloth knotted at the back. Her brown bodice has a black front with brown shoulder-straps, a white kerchief hanging down over her back, over a white chemise with turned up sleeves. A long white skirt is under a pale straw coloured apron, and she also wears white stockings and black shoes with pale straw bows.


History note: Bought from Willy Lissauer, Berlin, on 21 April 1933 for £35 by Cecil Vavasseur Fisher, 2nd Lord Fisher of Kilverstone; Lord and Lady Fisher

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Height: 20.3 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
Circa 1745 - 1750


The peasant woman is looking at the hen's bottom to see if it has an egg ready to lay. The model dates from 1744 when it was mentioned in Kaendler's work report for March 1744, and in his undated Taxa c. 1740-44. The figure is Model 526 in the Meissen Directory of Models, 1730-1831, transcript, after 1900.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Surface composed of glaze ( clear)
Decoration composed of enamels ( green, pale yellow, flesh pink, red, pale and dark brown, and black)

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded, and painted overglaze in green, pale yellow, flesh pink, red, pale and dark brown, and black enamels

Inscription or legends present

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

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.15-1954
Primary reference Number: 140134
Old object number: 407
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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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