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Kneeling Figure Smoking an Opium Pipe: C.7-1948

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Kneeling Figure Smoking an Opium Pipe


Factory: Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Factory
Modeller: Malinowski, Arno




Hard-paste 'Blanc-de-chine'porcelain, moulded, and glazed. A Chinese man kneels, sitting back on his heels, and smoking an opium pipe which he holds in both hands. His hair is drawn back smoothly from his forehead and hangs down his back in a long pigtail. He wears a long robe with a standing circular collar, and wide sleeve ends with tassels on the lower edge.


History note: Copenhagen, Royal Copenhagen Porcelain factory

Legal notes

Given by the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Company

Measurements and weight

Depth: 7.3 cm
Height: 14.2 cm
Width: 7.6 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Copenhagen ⪼ Denmark

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1948) by Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Factory


20th Century, second quarter#
1928 CE - 1940 CE


Arno Malinowski worked at the factory from 1921 to 1935, and was responsible for some of its finest modern figures. ‘Blanc-de-chine’ was introduced at the factory in 1928.

School or Style

Oriental style

People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production

blanc de Chine Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Hard-paste porcelain, moulded, and glazed

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: DENMARK with crown above
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Overglaze printed in greenish-black
  • Type: Factory mark

Inscription present: three triple waves one above the other

  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: In blue
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: 2342
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Incised underglaze
  • Type: Number
  • Text: 2342
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted in black
  • Type: Number

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.7-1948
Primary reference Number: 162439
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 4 June 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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