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A Trinket Seller: C.9-1954

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


A Trinket Seller


Factory: Meissen Porcelain Factory
Modeller: Eberlein, Johann Friedrich (Possibly)




Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded, glazed, and painted in blue, turquoise, green, pink, flesh-pink, red, purple, reddish-brown, brown, and black enamels, and a little gold. The trinket seller stands on a low square base, decorated with coloured flowers and foliage, partly applied and partly painted. In front of her she carries a pale brown case in which are three drawers, the pink lined lid above them raised to display various articles lying in the upmost tray, such as pencils, scissors, pince-nez, buckles, buttons, knives, and earrings. Some of these are also tucked into the two straps inside the lid. In her right hand she holds a gold tube. She wears a white frilled bonnet with a green ribbon, cut away at the back to show her short hair, a pink coat with white frilled collar and cuffs, and a pale cream skirt decorated with brown sprigs. Over this she wears a white apron with sprays of blue cornflowers, and also wears white stockings, and white shoes with red trimmings and gold buckles.


History note: Bought from Willy Lissauer, Berlin, on 5 May 1933, for £30 by Cecil, 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: 18.7 cm
Width: 6.5 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
Circa 1745 CE - 1750 CE

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel

Materials used in production

clear Glaze
Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: very faint

  • Text: crossed swords
  • Method of creation: Painted faintly in blue
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.9-1954
Primary reference Number: 140373
Old object number: 384
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 21 November 2023 Last processed: Tuesday 19 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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