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Girl selling Carp: C.29-1954

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Girl selling Carp


Factory: Meissen Porcelain Factory
Modeller: Kändler, Johann Joachim




Hard-paste porcelain painted in enamels

Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded, and painted in green, yellow, flesh pink, pink, pale lilac, dark mauve, grey, and black enamels. The flat underside is unglazed and has a circular ventilation hole near the back. The low, roughly triangular base has a low tree stump at the back which supports the figure, and at the front and back some applied green leaves. The bare-footed woman stands on her left leg with the right advanced so that the foot projects over the edge of the base. She looks towards her right and leans forward slightly as she holds out a large grey fish in both hands. Over her black hair she has a black pointed bonnet which covers her ears, and is tied below her chin with a dark pink bow. She wears a white chemise with turned up sleeves, a pink bodice laced over a black stomacher, a yellow skirt caught up round her buttocks by a black belt, and a pale lilac apron. On the base to her left there is a circular low-sided tub containing several small fish.


History note: Purchased by the 2nd Lord Fisher of Kilverstone from Heinz Horwitz, Berlin on 6 December 1933 for £22

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Height: 18.6 cm
Width: 11.2 cm

Relative size of this object

11.2 cm18.6 cm What does this represent?

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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 1740 CE - 1745 CE


The figure was modelled by J.J. Kaendler after 'Carpe Vive' the 6th print in the second series of engravings entitled 'Études prises dans le bas Peuple ou les Cris de Paris' engraved by the comte de Caylus (1692-1765) after drawings by Edmé Bouchardon (1689-1762), which were published in 1737.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Visible Surfaces composed of glaze ( clear)
Decoration composed of enamel ( green, yellow, flesh pink, pink, pale lilac, dark mauve, grey, and black)

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded, and painted in green, yellow, flesh pink, pink, pale lilac, dark mauve, grey, and black enamels. The flat underside is unglazed and has a circular ventilation hole near the back.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: almost illegible signs of crossed swords
  • Location: On lower back edge of base
  • Method of creation: Painted underglaze in blue
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: F
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: circular white paper label with serrated edge

  • Text: printed in red, the fisher crest, with below, 'No.' (o raised) followed by '362' hand-written in black ink
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Printed in red and hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.29-1954
Primary reference Number: 140195
Old catalogue number: 363
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Audit data

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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