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Ganymede and the Eagle: C.3173-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Ganymede and the Eagle


Factory: Meissen Porcelain Factory
Modeller: Schönheit, Johann Carl (Possibly)




Hard-paste porcelain painted in enamels and gilt

Hard-paste porcelain, moulded, glazed and painted in green, yellow, flesh pink, red, purple, pale and dark brown, and black enamels, and gilt. The flat underside is unglazed, and has a small round ventilation hold near the back. The circular, flat-topped base, has a border of gold Greek key ornment round the outer edge. Ganymede stands on his right leg with his left knee relaxed. He looks down towards the eagle which he touches with his left hand; his right, holding a bird, is raised to head level. He has a purple and gold circlet over his brown curly hair and has pale browneyebrows and eyes, and pale red lips. He is nude apart from a pale green drape around his hips, tied at the back, and falling down to the ground below the eagle's outstretched wings. The eagle is partly brown and partly white, and has a red eye, a yellow beak, and yellow feet with black claws.


History note: Purchased by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher from Mr Greenwood in York on 10 September 1917 with C.3174-1928 for £25.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 19.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Meissen ⪼ Saxony ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


18th Century, Late-19th Century, Early#
Marcolini period (1774-1814)
Circa 1781 - Circa 1810


This figure was derived ultimately from a classical marble repaired by Cellini, and its direct source may have been a bronze in the Electoral collection. See Documentation, Clarke, 1988. It was probably modelled about 1781 but this model may be after 1800.

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( green, yellow, flesh pink, red, purple, pale and dark brown, and black) gold

Materials used in production

clear Glaze
Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Hard-paste porcelain, moulded, glazed, and painted in green, yellow, flesh pink, red, purple, pale and dark brown, and black enamels, and gilt
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: crossed swords in a traingle

  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: G 60
  • Location: On base below factory mark
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Incised mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3173-1928
Primary reference Number: 74448
Old object number: 4650
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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