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A Bulgarian Lady: C.45-1954

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


A Bulgarian Lady


Factory: Meissen Porcelain Factory
Modeller: Kändler, Johann Joachim




Hard-paste porcelain painted in polychrome enamels

Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded, and painted overglaze in blue, yellowish green, yellow, flesh pink, dark pink, mauve, purple, grey, and a little black enamels. The flat underside is unglazed (no ventilation hole). The circular low rocky base rises up a little at the back to support the figure. The top is decorated with applied leaves and flowers: at the back, a blue and yellow, and a yellow and purple each with two leaves; at the front, two purple and white flowers with yellow centre, each with two leaves. The lady stands on her right foot with her left slightly behind it. She looks towards her left, and has her left arm akimbo, and her right slightly bent and extended to the side. Her grey hair is covered by a pale blue conical cap with a white serrated border, white stripes radiating from the top, and a purple bow on each side. She wears a pale purple vest with a purple trimming and bow at the neck, a white skirt with a blue belt, and a flowing three-quarter length mauve coat with a pink lining, and two yellow bows on each side, white stockings and yellow shoes.


History note: Purchased by the 2nd Lord Fisher of Kilverstone from A. Wittekind, Paris, on June 27 1934 for £32

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Height: 23.1 cm
Width: 10.4 cm

Relative size of this object

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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


Mid 18th Century
Production date: circa AD 1750


The Bulgarian Maiden, model number 1301, was derived from pl. 83 engraved by Jean-Baptiste Haussard (c. 1680-1749) in in the comte de Ferriol and Le Hay’s 'Receuil de cent estampes représentants différentes nations du Levant . . .', Paris, 1714. This was reprinted in 1715, and a smaller German edition in two volumes with the plates reversed, 'Wahrest und neuest Abbildung des Türchisches Hofes' was published by Christoph Weigel at Nüremberg in 1719 and 1721.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Visible Surfaces composed of glaze ( clear)
Decoration composed of enamel
Base Depth 8.1 cm

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: small crossed swords
  • Location: In middle of back edge of the base
  • Method of creation: Painted underglaze in blue
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: printed in red, the Fisher crest with below 'No.' (o raised) and in black ink 409
  • Location: On underside of base
  • Method of creation: Printed in red and hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label
  • Text: F
  • Location: On underside of base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.45-1954
Primary reference Number: 140301
Model number: 1301
Old object number: 409
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 2 October 2020 Last processed: Friday 11 November 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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