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Peasant Woman selling Apples: C.23-1954

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Peasant Woman selling Apples


Factory: Meissen Porcelain Factory
Modeller: Kändler, Johann Joachim




Hard-paste porcelain painted in enamels

Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded, and painted overglaze in yellow, red, pale pinkish-brown, brown, greyish-buff, and black enamels. The unglazed underside has a circular ventilation hole near the back. The woman stands with her feet slightly apart on a low roughly square white corrugated base.Over her left arm she carries a tall pale brown wicker basket full of yellow apples tinged with red, and with her right hand she proffers a single apple. Her head is wrapped a white shawl, which hangs half way down her back, and is knotted under her chin. Her face is haggard with strongly delineated black eyebrows, and red lips. She wears a white blouse with full elbow-length sleeves; a red bodice with a black front; a greyish-buff skirt bunched up around her buttocks by means of a black belt, from which dangle a black key and a brown sheath, hanging on a red strap; a white apron; white stockings; and brown shoes with red bows.


History note: Willy Lissauer, Berlin, from whom purchased 28 March 1933 for £25 by the 2nd Lord Fisher of Kilverstone

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Height: 17.8 cm
Width: 11 cm

Relative size of this object

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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 1744 CE - 1750 CE

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( yellow, red, pale pinkish-brown, brown, greyish-buff, and black)
Whole Except Base composed of glaze
Base Width 6.2 cm

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: scarcely discernable

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

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.23-1954
Primary reference Number: 140181
Old object number: 371
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 6 September 2021 Last processed: Friday 11 November 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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