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Chinese Boy wearing a Cabbage Leaf Hat: C.16-1972

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Chinese Boy wearing a Cabbage Leaf Hat


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




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

Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded, and painted overglaze in blue, green, yellow, dark pink, purple, red, and brown enamels and gilded; the flat underside is unglazed. The head is made separately and is balanced on the shoulders by means of a rod projecting on each side of the neck.The bottom of the neck is attached to a cylindrical lead weight. A gilt-metal mount with engraved decoration encircles the neck edge of the body.

The low mound base is square with rounded corners, and is decorated on top with applied green leaves and two yellow flowers wth purple centres. The boy stands on his left foot with his right leg raised and bent at the knee, his right hand is at his side, and his left hand is raised. He wears a cabbage leaf hat over his bald head, and has brown eyebrows and eyes, pink cheeks and red mouth. He wears a long white robe with scattered polychrome floral sprays and dark pink sleeve linings, with a V-shaped opening at the front. A yellow cape is draped around his shoulders, and he has yellow and pink shoes. A narrow gold line runs round the edge of his sleeves, the lower edge of his rbe, and the top of his right shoe.


History note: Uncertain before donor

Legal notes

Given by Sir Richard Jessel

Measurements and weight

Depth: 9.8 cm
Height: 21.5 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


Components of the work

Mount Round Neck composed of gilt-metal
Decoration composed of gilding enamel
Balance Weight composed of lead
Base Width 7.6 cm
Visible Surfaces

Materials used in production

clear Glaze
Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.16-1972
Primary reference Number: 140139
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 4 January 2021 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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