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Sportsman with a Hound: C.19-1954

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Sportsman with a Hound


Factory: Meissen Porcelain Factory
Modeller: Eberlein, Johann Friedrich




Hard-paste porcelain painted in green, pale yellow, brown, and black enamels, and gilding.The sportsman stands against a low white tree stump on a low white base, encrusted with coloured flowers and foliage. He holds his gun with both hands in front of him, the butt resting on the ground. His white spotted dog, seated on its haunches on the left side, looks up at his master with obedient eyes.
He wears a three cornered black hat with a gold button, a long white coat with collar and cuffs of green and gold, green lining and gold buttons, palest straw breeches and long black top boots. Round his waist is a black belt from which is suspended on his left side a gold hilted dirk in a white scabbard. At his back, slung over his left shoulder with a pale straw-coloured strap, hangs a hide knapsack from the side of which a partridge is suspended


History note: Christie's, 30 November 1926, lot 125, bought for £17 by Stoner and Evans on behalf of Cecil Vavasseur, 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: 17.5 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 1743-12 CE - 1750 CE


Many Meissen figures depict people of the time at work or enjoying their leisure. Hunting was one of the most popular aristocratic activities in which both women and men participated. This figure was modelled in December 1743 by J.F. Eberlein (1696-1749), and was recorded in his Arbeitsberichte (work reports). In the same month he modelled a lady holding a rifle. The models were produced over several years.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of gold ( buttons and hilt of dirk) enamels ( green, pale yellow, brown, and black)
Surface composed of glaze

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Hard-paste porcelain, moulded, glazed, painted in green, pale yellow, brown and black enamels, with gilded details

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.19-1954
Primary reference Number: 140153
Old object number: 420
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 December 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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