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Triangle Player in the Silver Miners Band (Triangelspieler): C.38-1954

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Triangle Player in the Silver Miners Band (Triangelspieler)


Factory: Meissen Porcelain Factory
Modeller: Kändler, Johann Joachim




Hard-paste porcelain painted in enamels and gilt

Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded, and painted over glaze in yellowish-green, ruddy flesh pink, pale mauve, red, brown and balck enamels, and gilt. The flat underside is unglazed and has a ventilation hole below the support. The low rocky rectangular base rises up at the back into a heap of rocks which support the figure. The top is strewn with applied leaves and flowers, two yellow and four pale mauve. The miner stands on his left leg and steps forward on his right. His body is tilted back and to his right, and he holds a triangle in his left hand and a baton to strike it in his left. He has a ruddy complexion and black curling hair, partly covered by a green pill box hat with a gold top edge, gold crossed pick axes on the front, and a yellow rosette on its left side. He wears a white short coat with a pleated frill, gold buttons down the front and on the sleeves, and red and gold epaulettes, a red waistcoat, white breeches and stockings, and black knee caps, and shoes with gold buckles. Behind him he has a long curved black apron with a brown leather lining, secured at the front by a black pouch.


History note: Purchased by the 2nd Lord Fisher of Kilverstone from Willy Lissauer, Berlin, on 6 April 1933 for £30

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Height: 21 cm
Width: 9.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Meissen ⪼ Saxony ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

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


This model, no. 1341, is the only one of the eight miners modelled by Kaendler about 1748-50, which was not derived from Christoph Weigel's 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), Nürnberg, 1721. He is wearing a white costume worn for work and on Sundays.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel gold
Visible Surfaces composed of glaze
Base Depth 9.2 cm

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: blurred

  • Text: crossed swords
  • Location: In middle of edge of back of base
  • Method of creation: Painted underglaze in blue
  • Type: Factory mark

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.38-1954
Primary reference Number: 140273
Old object number: 375
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 2 October 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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