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The Bird Catcher: C.4-1954

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Titles

The Bird Catcher

Maker(s)

Meissen Porcelain Factory (Factory)
Kändler, Johann Joachim (Modeller)

Description

Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded, glazed, and painted in blue, green, yellow, red, flesh-pink, grey, reddish-brown, brown, and black enamels. The birdcatcher stands in front of a white tree stump on a low white base with applied large coloured flowers and foliage. His left knee is bent, and in front of him, he carries a large brown bird cage, slung by a strap passing over his left shoulder and round his waist. The cage has two white perches, and on the floor sits a white bird. In his left hand, he holdsup a brown bird with black head and tail. He wears a wide drab-coloured hat caught up in front with a gold stud, a white cravat trailing away to his left, with a full black coat open at the neck to show the yellow lining, and a slit up the back and wrists to show the frilled sleeves on his shirts. He also wears reddish-brown breeches, white stockings, and black shoes.

Notes

History note: Bought from Willy Lissauer, Berlin, on 28 March 1933, for £40 by Cecil Vavasseur, 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

Height: 21.6 cm

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
Circa 1745 CE - 1750 CE

Note

Modelled by Kaendler in 1742. The model was listed as the 125th in Kaendler's Taxa (list of models made in overtime from late 1739 to end of 1746).

Components of the work

Decorataion composed of enamel ( blue, green, yellow, red, flesh-pink, pale greyish-brown, , brown, grey and black) Surface composed of glaze Decoration composed of gold

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded, glazed, and painted in blue, green, yellow, red, flesh-pink, grey, reddish-brown, brown, and black enamels

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: crossed swords
  • Location: Base
  • Method of creation: Underglaze blue
  • Type: Factory mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.4-1954
Primary reference Number: 140289
Old object number: 369
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 2 October 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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