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A Hungarian: C.48-1954

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


A Hungarian


Factory: Meissen Porcelain Factory




Hard-paste porcelain painted in enamels, and gilt

Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded, and painted overglaze in blue, green, yellow, flesh pink, red, pale brown, and black enamels, and gilt. The underside of the base is concave and glazed, apart from a flat area round the edge, and has a large oval ventilation hole under the support. The low, round rocky base rises up at the back into a tree stump which supports the figure. The top is scattered with applied leaves, a purple and white flower, and a red and white flower with yellow centre. The Hungarian stands on his right leg with his left extended behind him. His head is turned to his right, and he holds out his bent right arm in front of him, and in his left, which rests on his sash, holds his hat. He has short grey hair, black eyebrows, and a bushy black moustache, and wears a white short jacket with gold edging and buttons, and yellow flaps at the wrists, a green and gold sash, white trousers, and yellow top boots. Over his shoulders hangs a blue cape with a collar and lining of brown nd white fur, gold frogging, and gold ties. His hat is red with a similar fur edging.


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 161;Albert Amor, London, from whom purchased by Cecil Vavasseur, 2nd Baron Fisher of Kilverstone on May 30, 1935, for £10; Lord and Lady Fisher of Kilverstone Hall, Norfolk

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Height: 21.8 cm
Height: 8 3/4 in
Width: 11 cm

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
Circa 1749 CE - 1750 CE


The model was derived from pl. 76 engraved by J. Haussard in the Comte de Ferriol's 'Receuil de cent estampes représentant différentes nations du Levant. . . . ', Paris 1714, or the smaller Nüremberg edition of 1719 and 1721, vol. II, pl. 26.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue, green, yellow, flesh pink, red, pale brown, and black) gold
Depth Depth 10 cm
Dec Oration

Materials used in production

except for edge of base Glaze
Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded in parts, assembled, glazed, and painted in blue, green, yellow, flesh pink, red, pale brown, and black enamels, and gilt. The underside of the base is concave and glazed, apart from a flat area round the edge, and has a large oval ventilation hole under the support.
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: blurred

  • Text: small crossed swords
  • Location: On lower back edge of base bejomd tree sti,[
  • Method of creation: Painted underglaze in blue
  • Type: Factory mark

Inscription present: circular white paper label with serrated edge

  • Text: in red, the Fisher crest with below No. (o raised), followed by '416' in black ink, and a '6' sideways on to left of crest
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Printed in red and hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label
  • Text: F
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.48-1954
Primary reference Number: 140306
Old object number: 416
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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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