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Bandmaster of the Corps of the Saxon Silver Miners: C.36-1954

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)

Titles

Bandmaster of the Corps of the Saxon Silver Miners

Maker(s)

Factory: Meissen Porcelain Factory

Entities

Categories

Description

Hard-paste porcelain painted in enamels and gilt

Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded, painted overglaze in bluish-green, yellowish-green, yellow, flesh pink, red, mauve, pale brown, grey, and black enamels, and gilt. The unglazed underside has a circular ventilation hole near the back under the support. The low square rocky base rises up in the proper right back corner into a pile of rocks. It is decorated on top with three scattered leaves, and by the miner's right foot, a white, purple and yellow flower with four leaves. The miner stands on his right leg with his left extended behind him. He turns to his right, holding a small scroll in his right hand, and in his extended left hand a flute. He has grey curling hair partly concealed by a bluish-green pillbox hat with a AR in monogram in gold on the front, and a yellow rosette on the proper left side. He wears a white coat with gold buttons down the front and on the sleeves, a red waistcoat with gold buttons, white breeches and stockings, black knee caps, and black shoes with gold buckles. Behind him he has a long curved black apron with a pale brown leather lining, secured at the front under a black pouch, beside which is a holder with two brown wedges in it.

Notes

History note: Purchased by the 2nd Lord Fisher of Kilverstone from Willy Lissauer, Berlin, on 11 April 1935 for £65

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Height: 19.7 cm
Width: 9 cm

Relative size of this object

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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

Dating

Mid 18th Century
Production date: circa AD 1750

Note

Mining was one of the most important industries in Saxony and a major source of revenue. The ceremonial costumes of the various ranks of Saxon miners were recorded in a set of drawings by H.C. Fehling which were engraved by Christoph Weigel and published at Nuremburg in 1721 with the title Abbildung und Beschreibung derer sämtlichen BergwerksBeamten und Bedienten nach ihrem gewöhnlichen Rang und Ordnung in behörigen Berg-Habit (Illustration and escription of the costumes of all the mine officers and employees according to their customary rank and class).They commemorated the participation of the miners in the festivities which took place in Dresden in 1719 to celebrate the marriage of Prince Freerick Augustus to the Princess Maria Josepha von Habsburg. This particular model, was an adaptation of 'Der Bergschreiber' (secretary of the miners), print 7, who wears a sword, and does not hold anything in his left hand. A white costume was worn for work and on Sundays. Green hats were favoured in the early 18th century, but later black ones were preferred. About 1748-50 Kaendler and Reinicke modelled a set of eight figures of which seven were inspired by Weigel’s prints. The exact date is not known because the factory records of the modellers’ work are missing between 1748 and 1764. In this set the figures are standing, on a square mound base strewn with flowers, and not shown working as some later figures were.

School or Style

Baroque

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( bluish-green, yellowish-green, yellow, flesh pink, red, mauve, pale brown, grey, and black) gold
Visible Surfaces composed of glaze
Base Depth 7.2 cm

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

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

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: crossed swords, blurred
  • Location: In centre of lower back edge of base
  • Method of creation: Painted underglaze in blue
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: 206
  • Location: On underside of base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Number
  • Text: F
  • Location: On underside of base
  • Method of creation: Had-written in black ink
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: circular white paper label with a serraed edge

  • Text: Fisher crest printed in red with 'No.' below (o raised), followed by '374' in black ink; to left of crest 20 in pencil
  • Location: On underside of base
  • Method of creation: Printed in red and hand-written in black ink and pencil
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.36-1954
Primary reference Number: 140271
Old object number: 374
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 2 October 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 22 March 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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