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Apple Wife: C.3179A-1928

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Apple Wife


Factory: Nymphenburg Porcelain Factory
Modeller: Bustelli, Franz Anton




Hard-paste porcelain painted in enamels

Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded, glazed, and painted in lime green, yellow, pale red, purple, pale brown, brown, and black enamels, and gilt. The closed underside is unglazed and has a small round ventilation hole in the middle. The flat base is oval with asymmetrically placed shallow scrolls at the front and back. The young apple wife sits on a brown stool with her right leg advanced, and rests her right forearm on a wooden barrel filled with red and yellow apples. She turns her head to her left and holds out an apple in her left hand. She wears a green hat with a purple ribbon round the crown, and red zig-zags under the brim; a pale purple neckerchief, a white chemise with elbow-length sleeves, a red bodice, green skirt; white apron scattered with purple flowerheads, and black shoes. In front of the barrel there is a small pale brown cylindrical measure bearing an impressed rautenschild.


History note: Purchased from Mr George Stoner on 18 June 1917 for £100 with the male figure pf a Cheesemonger by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher: taken by Mrs Dickson on his death in accordance with his will and in October 1932 returned by her to the Museum

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 14.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Nymphenburg ⪼ Bavaria ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1928) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs


18th Century, third quarter
Circa 1755 CE - 1765 CE


This figure was one of several street vendors modelled by Bustelli at Neudeck in 1755, and may have been made at Neudeck between 1755-60 or after 1761 when the factory moved to Nymphenburg

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( lime green, yellow, pale red, purple, pale brown, brown, and black) gold
Visible Area composed of glaze
Base Width 12.2 cm

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded in parts, glazed, and painted in lime green, yellow, pale red, purple, pale brown, brown, and black enamels, and gilded round the edge of the base

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3179A-1928
Primary reference Number: 140237
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 18 August 2015 Last processed: Tuesday 17 October 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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