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Vestal Virgin: C.3174-1928

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Vestal Virgin
Woman from Herculaneum


Meissen Porcelain Factory (Factory)
Probably Jüchtzer, Christian Gottfried (Modeller)


Hard-paste porcelain, enamelled and gilt

Hard-paste porcelain, moulded, painted overglaze in yellow, pink, red, and brown, enamels, and gilt. The underside is unglazed and has a small circular ventilation hole below the figure. The base is circular with gilded fret pattern in relief on the sides, and gold bands on the top and bottom edges. The vestal stands with her feet slightly apart, holding a flaming urn in her right hand and holding her left up to her face below her shawl. She has brown hair and red lips, and wears a long, close-fitting, long-sleeved pink dress with a yellow border round the neckline, and a long white shawl or cloak which envelopes her head and left arm, and falls down to the ground at the back.


History note: Purchased by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher from Mr Greenwood in York on 10 September 1917 with C.3173-1928 for £25..

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 19.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Meissen ⪼ Saxony ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 18th-early 19th century
Marcolini period (1774-1814)
Circa 1781 - Circa 1810 1810


This figure was perhaps modelled by Jüchster about 1781. The model was derived from one of three marble statues known as 'Vestal Virgins' from Herculaneum, which were illicitly exported to Vienna as a diplomatic gift to Prince Eugene of Savoy. After his death in 1736 they were acquired from his niece and heiress by Augustus III (ruled 1733-63).

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration: composed of enamels ( yellow, pink, red, brown) gold Base: Diameter 6.8 cm

Materials used in production

clear Glaze Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Hard-paste porcelain, moulded, painted in yellow, pink, red, and brown enamels, and gilt
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: crossed swords inside a triangle
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Factory mark
  • Text: script E3
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Number
  • Text: G 77
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Number

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3174-1928
Primary reference Number: 74449
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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