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Putto playing a Lute: C.178-1918

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Putto playing a Lute


Factory: Meissen Porcelain Factory




Hard-paste porcelain painted in enamels, and gilt

Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded, and painted overglaze in blue, green, pale yellow, flesh pink, red, purple, brown, grey enamels. The closed underside is unglazed and has a small circular central ventilation hole. The circular, high rocky mound base has frilled scrolls around the edge, and on top, three applied flowers beween leaves, one blue, and the others red and white and purple and white respectively. The putto stands on his left leg with right knee relaxed. His head is turned to his right and he holds a lyre (upper part missing) in both hands. He wears a laurel wreath over his greyish-brown hair, and is nude apart from a long pale yellow drape with a polychrome floral pattern, and pale grey lining which is held on by a purple strap across his body.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Ralph Griffin, MA, FSA

Measurements and weight

Height: 16.6 cm
Height: 6½ in

Place(s) associated

  • Meissen ⪼ Saxony ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1918) by Griffin, Ralph

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue, green, pale yellow, flesh pink, red, purple, brown, grey)
Visible Surfaces composed of glaze ( clear)
Decoraton composed of gold
Base Width 5.8 cm Width 2 5/16 in

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 23
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: 4
  • Location: On base near edge opposite to 23
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Incised mark

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.178-1918
Primary reference Number: 167916
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 14 April 2016 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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