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Black Figure with a Sweetmeat Dish: C.2 & A-1951

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Current Location: In storage


Black Figure with a Sweetmeat Dish


Factory: Du Paquier, Claudius Innocentius
Modeller: Eberlein, Johann Friedrich (After)




Hard-paste porcelain painted in enamels

Hard-paste porcelain, moulded, and painted overglaze in blue, green, yellow, pale orange, mauve, orange-red, and black enamels, and gilt. The closed base is unglazed and pierced by seven small ventilation holes, and the rims of the bowl and cover are unglazed. The figure stands beside the bowl on a rock base decorated with applied flowers and leaves. He wears a feather skirt and headdress and holds a flower in his raised left hand.. The oval bowl has a domed lid with a double rose twig handle, twisted together at the top and terminating in four flowers at the junctions with the body. On the side of the bowl there is a gold-edged oblong panel with incurved corners and rounded ends, painted in black with a couple and a man by a pedestal in a landscape. The cover is decorated with four smaller panels each decorated with a figure in a landscape: a seated lady, a man with a pack on his back, a man with walking stick; and another man with a walking stick with another in the background holding a stick over his shoulder.


History note: Uncertain before H.E. Backer, London

Legal notes

Purchased with the Ralph Griffin Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 21.5 cm
Width: 13.4 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Vienna ⪼ Austria
  • Meissen ⪼ Saxony ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1951-01-06) by Backer, H.E.


Du Paquier Period
Circa 1741 CE - 1743 CE


This figure was modelled after a Meissen model of 1741 by Johann Friedrich Eberlein (1696-1749). A probable pair wearing different costume is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (50.211.3ab). The figure was described as a 'negro' on accession, but the costume is comparable to those of figures which are allegories of America in sets of Continents. Understanding of race and colour were still confused at that time, and porcelain figures of black Africans are represented as 'Blackamoor's wearing turbans and as Americans wearing feather headdresses and skirts.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue, green, yellow, pale orange, mauve, orange-red, and black) gold
Visible Areas composed of glaze

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Hard-paste porcelain, moulded in parts and assembled, glazed, and painted in blue, green, yellow, pale orange, mauve, orange-red, and black enamels, and gilt. The closed base is unglazed and pierced by seven small ventilation holes, and the rims of the bowl and cover are unglazed

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2 & A-1951
Primary reference Number: 140173
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 10 May 2022 Last processed: Friday 11 November 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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