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Apostle Paul: C.44-1932

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Apostle Paul


Factory: Meissen Porcelain Factory
Sculptor: Monnot, Pierre Etienne (After)
Modeller: Kändler, Johann Joachim
Modeller: Eberlein, Johann Friedrich




Glazed hard-paste porcelain

Hard-paste porcelain, moulded, and glazed, except for the flat underside which has a circular ventilation hole in the centre. The figure is supported on a high pedestal with horizontal mouldings and a panel on the upper part of each side. St Paul stands with his left foot slightly advanced, so that its toes project over the edge of the pedestal. His head is turned slightly to his left. He holds up his right hand, and holds a book under his left arm. He has long curling hair and beard, and wears a long gown with a cloak wrapped around it. There is a small round ventilation hole in the lower part of his back.


History note: Unknown before donor, G.D. Hornblower

Legal notes

Given by G.D. Hornblower

Measurements and weight

Height: 50.7 cm
Height: 20 in

Place(s) associated

  • Meissen ⪼ Saxony ⪼ Germany
  • Dresden

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1932-11-07) by Hornblower, G. D., OBE


19th century
Circa 1800 CE - 1899 CE


The Meissen St Paul was modelled by J.J. Kaendler in 1735 after the marble statue by Pierre-Etienne Monnot in San Giovanni in Laterano in Rome. It was paired with a St Peter as part of an altar set which was given to Cardinal Annibale Albani (1682-1751) in 1736 by Augustus III, King of Poland and Elector of Saxony. The Apostles were painted in enamels and gilded, and St Paul held a sword in his raised right hand. This undecorated version conforms to slightly later version of 1737/8, which was part of a set given to the dowager Empress Wilhelmina Amalia, but was made in the 19th century.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Visible Surfaces composed of glaze ( feldspathic presumed)
Base Depth 15.5 cm Width 15 cm

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Hard-paste porcelain, moulded, and glazed

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.44-1932
Primary reference Number: 140296
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 14 October 2016 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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