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Vineyard Proprietor: C.24-1954

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Vineyard Proprietor


Factory: Meissen Porcelain Factory
Modeller: Kändler, Johann Joachim




Hard-past porcelain painted in blue, green, yellow, cream, flesh pink, red, brown, and black enamels, with a little gilding. The vineyard proprietor is seated on an irregular white rock, on a low white oval base, encrusted with coloured flowers and foliage. His left leg is drawn back, and between his knee rests a cream coloured wicker basket of inverted ball shape, the point supported by a smaller rock. The wicker lid is open, and with his right hand he points to a large bunch of blue grapes, hanging with one leaf from the top of the lid. In addition, there is a removable perforated cover which fits over the basket. In his left hand he holds a stout stick, which rests on the ground close to his left foot. He wears a wide black hat; a long dark brown coat with gold buttons and white lining, slit up the back and open at the front to show his white shirt; white breeches; white stockings, and black shoes.


History note: Bought from Willy Lissauer, Berlin, on May 15 1934, for £30 by Cecil, 2nd Baron Fisher; Lord and Lady Fisher of Kilverstone

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Height: 19.1 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
Circa 1740 CE - 1750 CE


The model for this figure is attributed to Johann Joachim Kaendler (1706-75). The date is not recorded but it was probably c. 1740-45.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of gold ( on buttons) enamels
Surface composed of glaze
Main Parts

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: crossed swords
  • Location: Back of the base
  • Method of creation: Painted underglaze blue
  • Type: Factory mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.24-1954
Primary reference Number: 140184
Old object number: 380
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 December 2023 Last processed: Tuesday 19 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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