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Cavalier on a Prancing Horse: C.7-1958

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Cavalier on a Prancing Horse


Factory: Fürstenberg Porcelain Manufactory
Modeller: Feilner, Simon




Hard-paste porcelain painted in enamels

Hard-paste porcelain, moulded, and painted overglaze in blue, green, yellow, flesh-pink, mauve, red, greyish-brown, grey, and black enamels. The flat, unglazed, underside has a large round central ventilation hole flanked by smaller circular holes. The elongated oval base has a scrolled and frilled edge and upper surface, with a naturally-coloured tree stump in the middle supporting the prancing horse. The area round the stump has a green and yellow mossy surface and is decorated with four hand-modelled flowers painted in different colours. The horse is going towards the left with the cavalier in profile to the viewer.
The white horse is dappled with black spots and has a black tail. Its black bridle is decorated with yellow rosettes, and on its back there is a mauve blanket and pistol holders. The cavalier wears a black tricorn hat with white edges and green cockade; a tie wig with a long black tail, a white shirt with ruffles, a red full-skirted coat with white edging, blue cuffs and lining, yellow gloves, a yellow sword belt, white breeches, and black thigh-length boots.


History note: Unknown before W. Mela who sold it to The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 13.2 cm
Length: 11.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Fürstenberg ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1958-11-20) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


18th Century, third quarter
Production date: circa AD 1760


Feilner was Modellmeister at Fürstenburg 1753-68.

School or Style


Components of the work

Visible Surface composed of glaze ( base unglazed)
Decoration composed of enamel ( blue, green, yellow, flesh-pink, mauve, red, greyish-brown, grey, and black)
Base Length 11.5 cm

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Hard-paste porcelain, moulded in parts, assembled, glazed, and painted overglaze in blue, green, yellow, flesh-pink, mauve, red, greyish-brown, grey, and black enamels.

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.7-1958
Primary reference Number: 140357
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 11 October 2016 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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