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Chinese Musician: C.55-1950

Object information


Chinese Musician


Frankenthal Porcelain Factory (Factory)
Lück, Karl Gottlieb (Modeller)


Hard-paste porcelain, painted in enamels and gilded

Hard-paste porcelain, moulded, painted in blue, green, yellow, flesh pink, red, pale brown, brown and black enamels, and gilded.The three-sided low mound base is concave underneath and glazed. It has a scrolled and gilded edge, a green top, and a low brown tree stump at the back.The musician stands on his left leg with his right leg raise, holding a rectangular pale brown stringed instrument in both hands and turning his head to his right.He has ruddy cheeks, red lips, and black eyes and eyebrows. He wears a white turban, white baggy trousers, a white skirt and coat both scattered with floral sprigs with blue flowers, and bright yellow shoes. There are gold lines on the front edge of his turban and the short sleeves of his coat.


History note: Uncertain before Mrs W.D. (Frances Louisa) Dickson, Bournemouth

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 11.1 cm
Height: 4 ⅜ cm

Place(s) associated

  • Frankenthal ⪼ The Palatinate ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1950) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs


3rd quarter 18th Century
Circa 1765 CE - 1770 CE


Some authorities describe the musical instrument as a lute, but it does not resemble a European lute.

School or Style

Chinoiserie Rococo

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue, green, yellow, flesh pink, red, pale brown, reddish-brown and black) gold Base Width 5.5 cm Width 2 3/16 in

Materials used in production

clear Glaze Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Hard-paste porcelain, moulded, painted in blue, green, yellow, flesh pink, red, pale brown, brown and black enamels, and gilded
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: CT monogram under a crown
  • Location: In centre of base
  • Method of creation: Painted underglaze in blue
  • Type: Factory mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.55-1950
Primary reference Number: 140324
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 18 August 2015 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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