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Peasant going to Market: C.25-1954

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Peasant going to Market


Factory: Meissen Porcelain Factory
Modeller: Kändler, Johann Joachim




Hard-paste porcelain painted in enamels

Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded, and painted overglaze in turquoise blue, yellow, green, red, brown, and black enamels.
The unglazed underside has a small circular ventilation hole towards the back. The man is supported by a white tree stump at the back of a low white irregularly shaped base, encrusted with yellowish green ferns and a spray of turquoise-blue fig leaves. He steps forward on his left leg and has both knees slightly bent. His body is bowed by the weight of a straw coloured wicker basket, slung over his shoulders with broad black plaited straps which he supports with his left hand. On top of the basket rests a wooden coop, inside which sits a dappled hen. Under his right arm he carries a black and white kid, its fore and hind legs securely bound.
He wears a large black three-cornered hat, from which his unkempt black hair hangs over his neck; a loose white shirt, open at the front; green breeches, held up by red braces; and has bare legs and feet.


History note: Willy Lissauer, Berlin, from whom purchased by Lord Fisher on 5 May 1933 for £26

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Height: 7 3/4 in

Place(s) associated

  • Meissen ⪼ Saxony ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Mid
Circa 1744 CE - 1750 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Whole Except Undersi composed of glaze ( clear)
Decoration composed of enamels ( turquoise blue, yellow, green, red, brown, and black)

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded, glazed and painted in turquoise blue, yellow, green, red, brown, and black enamels

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular white paper label with scalloped edge

  • Text: crest and No printed in red, with 381 hand-written in black
  • Location: On underside of base
  • Method of creation: Printed in red and hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.25-1954
Primary reference Number: 140185
Old object number: 381
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 5 December 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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