Skip to main content

A Bulgarian: C.49-1954

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


A Bulgarian


Factory: Meissen Porcelain Factory




Hard-paste porcelain painted in polychrome enamels, and gilt

Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded, and painted overglaze in blue, yellowish-green, yellow, flesh, pink, purple, red, pale brown, grey, and black enamels, and gilt. The flat underside is unglazed. The rounded low rocky base is decorated round the edge with applied leaves and flowers: white, purple and yellow: white, blue and yellow: white and yellow with purple centre, white and purple, and white, blue and yellow. The Bulgarian stands on his right leg and has his left extended behind him. He leans back from the waist and looks towards his right holding in his right hand a walking stick which rests on his right shoulder. His left arm is bent and extended to his left. He has a grey beard and red lips. He wears a red hat with a white and grey fur edging, a open-necked pink tunic decorated with purple and gold foliage, a white sash decorated with diagonal pairs of gold stripes alternating with flowerheads, a long yellow coat with a grey lining, blue breeches, white stockings and lack shoes with purple lacing on top.


History note: Sotheby, London, 23 October 1951 for £150; 2nd Lord Fisher of Kilverstone

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Height: 22.5 cm
Width: 11.8 cm

Relative size of this object

11.8 cm22.5 cm What does this represent?

Relative size of this object is displayed using code inspired by Good Form and Spectacle's work on the British Museum's Waddeson Bequest website and their dimension drawer. They chose a tennis ball to represent a universally sized object, from which you could envisage the size of an object.

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


Model no. 1293, after pl. 82 by engraved by J. de Franssières in the Comte de Ferriol's 'Receuil de cent estampes réprésentant différentes nations du Levant', Paris, 1714 or 1715

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue, yellowish-green, yellow, flesh, pink, purple, red, pale brown, grey, and black) gold
Visible Surfaces composed of glaze
Base Depth 8.5 cm

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: blurred

  • Text: crossed swords
  • Location: In middle of lower back edge of base
  • Method of creation: Painted underglaze in blue
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: script D with H slightly below
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ? crayon
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.49-1954
Primary reference Number: 140307
Old object number: 421
Stable URI

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

Citation for print

This record can be cited in the Harvard Bibliographic style using the text below:

The Fitzwilliam Museum (2023) "A Bulgarian" Web page available at: Accessed: 2023-01-27 15:59:50

Citation for Wikipedia

To cite this record on Wikipedia you can use this code snippet:

{{cite web|url= |title=A Bulgarian |author=The Fitzwilliam Museum|accessdate=2023-01-27 15:59:50|publisher=The University of Cambridge}}

API call for this record

To call these data via our API (remember this needs to be authenticated) you can use this code snippet:

Please enter your name as you would like to be addressed
Please enter your email address
The object accession number - this is prefilled
Please enter your query with as much detail as possible

More objects and works of art you might like


Accession Number: CM.693-2017

Cylinder seal

Accession Number: ANE.1.1967


Accession Number: GR.55.1896

Suggested products from Curating Cambridge

You might be interested in this...

Sign up for updates

Updates about future exhibitions and displays, family activities, virtual events & news. You'll be the first to know...