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An Albanian Soldier: C.44-1954

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)

Titles

An Albanian Soldier

Maker(s)

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

Description

Hard-paste porcelain painted in enamels

Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded and painted overglaze in blue, green, yellow, flesh pink, dark pink, red, brown, and black enamels, and gilt. The slightly concave underside is glazed except for the flat area round the edge, and has a circular ventilation hole at the back. The square low rocky base has a tree stump at the back which supports the figure, and on the sides and front is decorated with applied leaves and four blue and one yellow flower. The Albanian soldier stands on both feet with the right slightly advanced. He looks towards his right, and has his right arm bent with the hand resting on his hip. In his left hand he holds the barrel of a long musket, the butt end of which rests on the ground by his side. He has a greyish-black moustache and red lips. His hair is covered by a bag-shaped hat with a dark pink and gold edge, a white shirt with dangling , a bright blue jacked with gold edges and buttons down the front, a yellow sash, dark pink baggy breeches, yellow socks, and red shoes. A dagger with a gold hilt and black sheath is tucked into his sash, and he has a sabre with a gold hilt and black scabbard suspended on his right side by a black strap.

Notes

History note: Bought by the 2nd Lord Fisher of Kilverstone from Willy Lissauer, Berlin, on May 15 1934 for £36

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Height: 20.2 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
Production date: circa AD 1750

Note

This model, no. 1304, was derived either from pl. 78 in in the comte de Ferriol’s Receuil de Cent Estampes representant differentes Nations du Levant tirées sur les Tableaux peints d’après Nature en 1707 et 1708 par les Ordres de M. de Ferriol, ambassadeur du Roi à la Porte. Et gravéees en 1712 et 1713 par les soins de Mr Le Hay, Paris, 1714 (or 1715 edition), or from pl. 28 in Christoph Weigel’s 'Der Wahrest und neuest Abbildung des Türchisches Hofe' Nüremberg, 1721. In both plates the soldier holds a gun in his extended right hand.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue, green, yellow, flesh pink, dark pink, red, brown, and black) gold

Materials used in production

except for outr edge of underside Glaze Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded and painted overglaze in blue, green, yellow, flesh pink, dark pink, red, brown, and black enamels, and gilt. The slightly concave underside is glazed except for the flat area round the edge, and has a circular ventilation hole at the back.
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: so faint as to be almost illegible

  • Text: crossed swords
  • Location: In middle of glazed area of underside
  • Method of creation: Painted underglaze in blue
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: F
  • Location: In middle of glazed area of underside
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: circular white paper label with serrated edge

  • Text: printed in red, the Fisher crest with below 'No.'(o raised) and '408' in black ink
  • Location: On glazed area of underside
  • Method of creation: Printed in red and hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.44-1954
Primary reference Number: 140298
Model number: 1304
Old object number: 408
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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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