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A Persian Lady: C.43-1954

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)

Titles

A Persian Lady

Maker(s)

Meissen Porcelain Factory (Factory)
Kändler, Johann Joachim (Modeller)
Probably Reinicke, Peter (Modeller)

Description

Hard-paste porcelain painted in enamels and gilt

Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded, and painted overglaze in green, yellow, flesh pink, red, purple, greyish-brown, and a little black enamel, and gilt. The concave underside is glazed, except for the flat area round the edge, and has a large oval ventilation hold under the support. The low, rounded, rocky mound base rises up at the back into a low pile of rocks which support the figure. The top is scattered with applied leaves and two flowers: purple and white, and yellow with a purple centre. She stands on her right leg with her left relaxed beside it. She leans back from the waist, looking down towards her right, holding her right hand up to toy with a tress of her greyish-brown hair which hangs over her shoulders. Her left hand rests on her hip. Her head is covered by a white bonnet, fastened under her chin with purple bow, and a quatrefoil 'garnet' pendant on her brow. She wears a white chemise fastened at the neck with a gold brooch set with 'garnets', a three-quarter-length yellow coat with gold buttons, purple trimmings and cross braiding, a white sash, close-fitting white trousers, and red shoes.

Notes

History note: S.B. Joel; sold Christie, Manson & Woods, 29-30 May 1935 Catalogue of the important collection of English and French Furniture, decorative objects and Meissen porcelain formed by the late S.B. Joel Esq., lot 110; Albert Amor, London, from whom purchased by the 2nd Lord Fisher of Kilverstone on May 30, 1935, for £10.

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Height: 21.7 cm
Width: 9.7 cm

Relative size of this object

9.7 cm21.7 cm What does this represent?

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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

The Meissen figures known as The Levantines were modelled by Kaendler and Reinicke c. 1749-50 after plates in the Comte de Ferriol and Le Hay's 'Receuil de cent estampes représentant différentes nations du Levant', published in Paris in 1714 and reprinted in 1715. A smaller German edition in two volumes entitled 'Wahreste und neueste Abbildung des Türchischen Hofes', was published by Christoph Weigel at Nüremberg in 1719 and 1721. This Persian Lady, model number 1292, was based on pl. 43 of Vol. II of the German edition or pl. 91 of the first edition of 1714.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( green, yellow, flesh pink, red, purple, greyish-brown, and a little black) gold Base Depth 8.3 cm

Materials used in production

clear, except for the edge of the base Glaze Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded, and painted overglaze in green, yellow, flesh pink, red, purple, greyish-brown, and a little black enamel, and gilt. The concave underside is glazed, except for the flat area round the edge, and has a large oval ventilation hold under the support
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: crossed swords
  • Location: On glazed area of underside of base
  • Method of creation: Painted underglaze in blue
  • Type: Factory mark

Inscription present: circular white paper label with serrated edge

  • Text: printed in red, the Fisher crest with below, 'No.' (o raised), followed by 404 in black ink and to the left of the crest '2'
  • Location: On glazed area of underside of base
  • Method of creation: Printed in red and hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label
  • Text: F
  • Location: On glazed underside of base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.43-1954
Primary reference Number: 140293
Model number: 1292
Old object number: 404
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 2 October 2020 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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