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The Bird Catcher: C.4-1954

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


The Bird Catcher


Factory: Meissen Porcelain Factory
Modeller: Kändler, Johann Joachim




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.


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

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


18th Century, Mid
Circa 1745 CE - 1750 CE


Model no. 357 in the Meissen Directory of Models 1730-1831, transcription, after 1900. 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).

People, subjects and objects depicted

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

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.4-1954
Primary reference Number: 140289
Old object number: 369
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 21 November 2023 Last processed: Tuesday 19 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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