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Paris as a Shepherd: C.4-1956

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Paris as a Shepherd


Factory: Meissen Porcelain Factory
Modeller: Scheurich, Paul




Hard-paste porcelain figure of Paris leaning on a treestump sparsely painted in enamels

Hard-paste porcelain, moulded, glazed and painted in greyish-green, a little yellow, tanned flesh, dull mauve, and black enamels. The underside of the base is concave with a blunted conical support in the centre, and a ventilating hole in the back right corner. It is glazed, except for the wide flat edge. The shallow square base is topped by a smaller square area with grey-green foliage on the two front corners, and a tall, forked tree stump in the back right corner. Paris stands with his left foot advanced, leaning on the stump, and holding in both hands the handle of a staff which is missing. He has long black curly hair, and is naked apart from a dull mauve hat with two pale yellow feathers tucked into its brim His pipes attached to a mauve strap lie on the ground at the base of the tree stump.


History note: M. Marcussen, London

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 35.2 cm
Height: 14 in
Width: 15.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Meissen ⪼ Saxony ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1956-04-26) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


20th Century, Early
Circa 1919 - 1923


Modelled in 1918 or 1919 and made with model num ber F276 until 1923 when re-numbered A 1014

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( in tanned flesh, greyish-dark green, dull mauve, and black)
Base Depth 14.3 cm Depth 5 3/4 in Width 15.2 cm Width 6 in

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Hard-paste porcelain, moulded, glazed and painted in tanned flesh, greyish-dark green, two shades of dull mauve, and black enamels
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: F. 276/49
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Model number

Inscription present: crossed swords

  • Location: On exterior of base at centre back
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Factory mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.4-1956
Primary reference Number: 140290
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 18 October 2016 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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