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Toper: C.22-1954

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)




Factory: Meissen Porcelain Factory
Modeller: Kändler, Johann Joachim




Hard-paste porcelain painted in enamels.
He is seated on a white tree stump which rises from a low white circular base, encrusted with coloured flowers and foliage. His left hand is holding the brim of his hat, with his right clasping a jug of brown liquor which he holds before his chest. His left leg is crossed in front of him with bended knee.
His shaggy grey hair hangs loosely over his left ear. He wears a wide brimmed grey hat tied with a white ribbon falling down his back. His short white coat has lavender lining, and is over a white shirt. His breeches are of a pale straw colour and are peculiarly puckered, fastened at the knee with red bows and held up by purple braces. He also wears white stockings and black shoes with yellow bows.


History note: Bought from Frau Elfriede Langeloh, Köln, on March 1, 1934, for £26

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Height: 16.5 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
Production date: AD 1744

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: faintly discernable

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

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.22-1954
Primary reference Number: 140178
Old object number: 410
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 2 October 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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