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Drunken Fisherman: C.21-1954

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Drunken Fisherman


Factory: Meissen Porcelain Factory
Modeller: Kändler, Johann Joachim




Hard-paste porcelain pained in enamels.
Supported by a white tree stump on a low white circular base encrusted with coloured flowers and foliage, he stands with blended knees, bow head, and leering mien. In his right hand he holds a large fish up to his shoulder, and a smaller fish in his left hand. The head and tail of two other fish protrude through his shirt. At his left side hangs a drab wallet, slung over hie shoulder by a rope.
His unkempt black hair hangs raggedly over his right shoulder. He wears a red flower pot with a drab turned-up brim, and short blue coat with yellow cuffs and lining, the right sleeve turned up above the elbow. A loose white shirt is fastened under his chin by one gold button, and his putty coloured breeches are rolled up above his knees. His legs and feet are bare.


History note: Bought from Willy Lissauer, Berlin on March 28 1933 for £25

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Height: 18.4 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Meissen ⪼ Saxony ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1954-01-14) by Fisher, Lord and Lady


Mid 18th Century
Circa 1740 CE - 1745 CE


Modelled by J.J. Kaendler in 1738

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: scarcely discernable

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

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.21-1954
Primary reference Number: 140169
Old object number: 396
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 10 September 2019 Last processed: Monday 15 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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