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Man playing a Violin da Gamba: C.6-1954

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)

Titles

Man playing a Violin da Gamba

Maker(s)

Factory: Meissen Porcelain Factory
Modeller: Kändler, Johann Joachim

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Description

Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded, glazed, painted in blue, green, yellow, pale salmon-pink, flesh-pink, red, brown, and black enamels, and gilded. The musician is seated on a low rough white stump, on a flat white base, decorated with applied and painted coloured flowers and foliage. His cello rests on the ground between his legs, and as he plays he looks away towards the right, his head inclined to the instrument. His long hair, gathered by a black band, trails down his back. He wears a three cornered black hat, caught up by straps and a gold button, and a short cream coloured coat decorated with mauvy-brown sprays, trimmed with gold. It is split up three times at the back and open at the wrists to show frilled cuffs of his white shirt. He also wears blue breeches with gold buttons and trimmings, white stockings, and black shoes with gold buckles.

Notes

History note: Bought from Willy Lissauer, Berlin, on 23 July 1933, for £36 by Cecil Vavasseur, 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: 15.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Meissen ⪼ Saxony ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1954-01-24) by Fisher, Lord and Lady

Dating

Mid 18th Century
Friedrich August III
Production date: circa AD 1745

Note

This figure was listed as the sixty-sixth item (unnumbered) in Kaendler’s ‘Taxa’ (record of his overtime work between late 1739 and the end of 1746), and from its position in the list was modelled in 1741. The musical instrument is described as a 'viol du Gamb' ( viola da gamba).

Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Glazing (coating)
Press-moulding

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.6-1954
Primary reference Number: 140335
Old object number: 379
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 2 October 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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