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Male Cook: C.7-1954

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Male Cook


Factory: Meissen Porcelain Factory
Modeller: Kändler, Johann Joachim (Probably)




Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded, glazed, and painted in enamels.The cook is seated on a reddish-brown brick pier, on a reddish-brown tiled base. With his left hand he holds up a black uncooked ham, in his right hand he holds a red bowl. He wears a white wig, fastened at the back with a black bow, and a white frilled shirt. Over this he wears a white double breasted coat with white buttons and frilled cuffs, open at the beck and split at the back. Over the coat, he wears a white apron, from which protrudes the black and gold handle of a knife. He also wears blue breeches with gold buttons, white stockings, and black shoes with gold buckles. A pair with a female cook (C.8-1954)


History note: Bought from Willy Lissauer, Berlin, on 5 May, 1933, for £40 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: 18 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
Production date: circa AD 1750


Modelled by Johann Joachim Kaendler

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel gold
Surface composed of glaze

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: crossed swords
  • Location: Back of base
  • Method of creation: In blue
  • Type: Factory mark

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.7-1954
Primary reference Number: 140356
Old object number: 382
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 2 October 2020 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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