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Tinker from the Auvergne: C.30-1954

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Tinker from the Auvergne


Meissen Porcelain Factory
Modeller: Kändler, Johann Joachim




Hard-paste porcelain painted in enamels, and gilt

Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded, and painted overglaze inblue, green, yellow, flesh pink, mauve, red, pale brown, buff, and black enamels, and gilt. The unglazed underside has a small circular ventilation hole near the back. The square low mound base has a low tree stump, and is decorated with applied leaves, with a blue, a yellow and a mauve flower. The tinker faces front, standing on his right leg with his left advanced so that the toe extends over the edge of the base. A buff three-legged cauldron is slung over his right shoulder and he holds the cover in his right hand which he holds level with his diaphragm. In his left hand he carried a brown flat iron. He has shoulder-length black hair, partly covered by a black tricorne hat. He wears a white shirt, a red coat with scattered incised scrolling foliage motifs, and gold buttons, a pale brown apron, white leggings, and black shoes with a gold buckle on the left.


History note: Purchased from Willy Lissauer, Berlin, on 21 April 1933 for £35 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

Depth: 10.3 cm
Height: 19 cm
Width: 7.5 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, Mid
Production date: circa AD 1750


This figure was one of the first series of Meissen models of the 'Cries of Paris'. It was modelled probably by J.J. Kaendler after the 'Chaudronier Auvergnat la travelling metalworker or tinker from the Auvergne)', plate 3 of the first set of 'Etudes 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), published in 1737. It was Meissen model no. 1025.

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue, green, yellow, flesh pink, mauve, red, pale brown, buff, and black) gold
Visible Surfaces composed of glaze ( clear)

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded, and painted overglaze in blue, green, yellow, flesh pink, mauve, red, pale brown, buff, and black enamels, and gilt.The unglazed underside has a small circular ventilation hole near the back.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: small crossed swords
  • Location: On lower edge of the base at the back
  • Method of creation: Painted underglaze in blue
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: F
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: circular white paper label with scalloped edge

  • Text: printed in red with the Fisher crest, with below 'No.' (o raised), followed by '385' hand-written in black ink
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Printed in red and hand-written in black ink (faded)
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.30-1954
Primary reference Number: 140203
Model number: 1025
Old catalogue number: 385
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Audit data

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

Associated departments & institutions

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

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