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Chinese Boy wearing a Cabbage Leaf Hat: C.15-1972

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Chinese Boy wearing a Cabbage Leaf Hat


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




Hard-paste porcelain painted in enamels, with separately made nodding head

Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded, and painted overglaze in blue, green, yellow, flesh-pink, pink, red, purple, brown, and black enamels, and gilded. The underside is unglazed. The low mound base is square with rounded corners, and is decorated on top with applied green and yellow leaves, and a purple flower. The boy stands on his right leg with his left raised and bent at the knee. His right arm is held out in front and his left is by his side. His head is made separately and balances between his shoulders on the projecting ends of a rod through the neck. His head is bald, and is covered by a green and yellow cabbage-leaf hat. He has slanting black eyebrows and outlines to his eyes, pink cheeks and red lips which are open to reveal his teeth.He wears a long white robe scattered with sprays of polychrome flowers and foliage, which leaves his chest and stomach bare. Over his shoulders he wears a short yellow cape and he has a bright yellow ornament over his chest and bright yellow shoes.


History note: Uncertain before donor

Legal notes

Given by Sir Richard Jessel

Measurements and weight

Depth: 10 cm
Height: 23.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Meissen ⪼ Saxony ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1972-01-20) by Jessel, Richard, Sir


18th Century, Mid
Production date: circa AD 1750


Modelled in 1749

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Visible Surface composed of glaze ( clear)
Decoration composed of enamel
Deocration composed of gold
Base Width 7.5 cm
Visible Surfaces

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded in parts and assembled, glazed, and painted in polychrome enamels and gilt

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.15-1972
Primary reference Number: 140135
Form number: 1257
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 30 January 2019 Last processed: Tuesday 12 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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