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Bowl and cover on stand: C.2 & A & B-1972

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Factory: Meissen Porcelain Factory




Hard paste porcelain decorated with Chinoiserie scenes in polychrome enamels, with frames of gold scrollwork and purple lustre

Hard-paste porcelain, glazed, and decorated with painting in polychrome enamels, purple lustre, and gilding. The bowl has a globular body with a projecting rim and stands on three paw feet; on one side it has a loop handle. The circular, slightly domed cover has a button finial. The circular stand has curved sides and stands on a footring. The front of the bowl is decorated with a frame of scrollwork in gold with small areas of lustre and painting in iron-red and brown enamels, enclosing a Chinoiserie scene: a Chinese shop-keeper displaying his wares to a customer whose cloak is held by a little boy. On the ground is a ledger, inscribed 'Meis/1726 . . .'. Overhead there are flying insects and a dragon. On each side of the handle, and down its back, there are 'Indian' flowers, and on its sides, iron-red scrolls. The rim the claws on the paw feet, and the top and bottom of the handle are gilded. The cover has two Chinoiserie subjects forming a continuous scene: a seated woman playing with a baby; and a woman feeding a baby while four others play about her, and a man stgands holding a basket full of monkeys. There are gold bands round the rim and finial, the top of which is also gold. The stand has a larger panel similarly framed, and painted with a Chinoiserie scene of a man seated at a table approached by a woman bird-seller and a pedlar; birds and insects fly overhead. The rim is encircled by elaborate gold scrollwork. On the back there are three iron-red concentric circles.


History note: Unknown before Sir Richard Jessel

Legal notes

Given by Sir Richard Jessel

Place(s) associated

  • Meissen ⪼ Saxony ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

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


Production date: dated AD 1726


This type of Chinoiserie decoration is often referred to as Höroldtmalerei after the director of the painting workshop, J.G. Höroldt.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of lustre enamel gold
Stand Diameter 14.9 cm
Bowl Height 9.9 cm Width 12.5 cm

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 14
  • Location: On base of each piece
  • Method of creation: Painted in gold
  • Type: Gold number

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2 & A & B-1972
Primary reference Number: 140159
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 4 June 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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