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Birdcatcher's Wife: C.5-1954

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Birdcatcher's Wife


Factory: Meissen Porcelain Factory
Modeller: Reinicke, Peter




Hard-paste porcelain painted in turqjoise, green, yellow, flesh-pink, red, purple, pale brown and black enamels. She stands against a white stump, on a low base decorated with applied large coloured flowers and foliage. Suspended by two plaited bands, which pass over her shoulders, she carries on her back a white pannier in which rests a brown bird cage containing two white birds. With her left hand she holds in front of her another similar cage, also containing two birds. She wears a close fitting pointed black bonnet, fastened under her chin with a black bow, a white shirt, a light green bodice with a white front laced with pink, a red petticoat, a white apron, white stockings, and black shoes. Round her buttocks she wears a broad black strap.


History note: Bought from Willy Lissauer, Berlin, on 5 April 1933, for £40 by Cecil, 2nd Baron Fisher (1868-1955); Lord and Lady Fisher of Kilverstone

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Height: 20.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Meissen ⪼ Saxony ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1954-01-14) by Fisher, Lord and Lady


18th Century, Mid
Circa 1745 CE - 1750 CE


Modelled by Peter Reinicke in 1744 as a companion to J.J. Kaendler's Bird-catcher. Meissen model 554.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Visible Surfaces composed of glaze ( clear)
Decoration composed of enamel

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.5-1954
Primary reference Number: 140316
Old object number: 370
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 21 November 2023 Last processed: Tuesday 19 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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