Skip to main content

A Turk taking Coffee: C.7-1950

Object information

Titles

A Turk taking Coffee

Maker(s)

Nymphenburg Porcelain Factory (Factory)
Bustelli, Franz Anton (Modeller)

Description

Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded, and glazed; the unglazed underside has two large circular ventilation holes in the middle, and has been coated with brownish-yellow varnish. The shallow base has an asymmetrically scrolled outline and rises up into a seat and a scroll on the left which forms a table on which is a tea bowl and saucer. The Turk is seated on his right hip with both legs sloping to his left, his left arm bent and held out to his right, and his head turned sharply over his left shoulder towards the viewer. He holds the coffee cup in his right hand and leans on his right forearm on the scroll table. He has a very slender pigtail, and a moustache, and wears a skull cap, a high-necked coat with buttons down the front and scalloped edges to the sleeves and lower edge, voluminous trousers gathered at the ankle, and pointed slippers. The top of the base is applied with small flowers and leaves, at the back, between his feet, and to his right.

Notes

History note: H.E. Backer, London; purchased with the Dr F.R. Cowper Reed Fund

Legal notes

Purchased with the Dr F.R. Cowper Reed Bequest Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 12.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Nymphenburg ⪼ Bavaria ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1950) by Backer, H.E.

Dating

3rd quarter 18th Century
Max III Joseph, Elector of Bavaria
Circa 1756 CE - 1760 1760 CE

Note

Accessioned as a Chinaman, but the model was referred to in the factory's records in 1756 as a Turk, and in an inventory of models in 1760 as a Turk drinking coffee (Türkh, so Caffèe trünkhet'.

School or Style

Rococo

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Base: composed of varnish ( possibly shellac) Length 14 cm
Parts:

Materials used in production

Glaze Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded, and glazed; the unglazed underside has two large circular ventilation holes in the middle, and has been coated with brownish-yellow varnish
Glazing

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.7-1950
Primary reference Number: 140355
Stable URI

Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 7 July 2016 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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 (2020) "Figure" Web page available at: https://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/140355 Accessed: 2021-12-07 22:02:18

Citation for Wikipedia

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

{{cite web|url=https://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/140355|title=Figure|author=The Fitzwilliam Museum|accessdate=2021-12-07 22:02:18|publisher=The University of Cambridge}}

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

Figure of a Turk

Accession Number: M.1-1946

Coffee cup

Accession Number: C.6.1 & A & B-1974

Coffee pot

Accession Number: C.463 & A-1928

Turk

Accession Number: C.841-1928

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...

University of Cambridge Museums logo
Arts Council England Logo
Research England logo
The Technology Partnership logo
Brewin Dolphin Logo