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Mourning over the Dead Lamb: C.3178-1928

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Mourning over the Dead Lamb


Factory: Höchst Porcelain Manufactory
Modeller: Melchior, Johann Peter




Hard-paste porcelain painted in enamels and gilt. A kneeling youth comforts a seated shepherdess who is weeping over a dead sheep.

Hard-paste porcelain press-moulded, and painted overglaze in blue, bluish-green, pale yellow, pink, red, pale brown, dark brown, greyish-brown, and black enamels, and lightly gilt. The underside is open and glazed, On the viewer's left there is a rectangular prop, and part of another beside it. The base is approximately oval with a wavy edge. There are brown rocks round the edge, and in the middle of the back, a heap of rocks forming a seat. The top is painted with bluish-green grass. The shepherdess sits on the rock seat holding her handkerchief to her eyes with her left hand and resting hr right on the shoulders of a youth who kneels beside her. He has his left hand round her waist and holds his right to his chest. His bag and hulot lie on the grass in front of him. The dead sheep lies across the right end of the base . The bare-footed girl has pale brown hair, dressed in a double chignon at the back of her head. She wears a full-sleeved chemise, a white bodice with a red edge, gold seams, and two blue double bows on the shoulders, neckline and waist. The boy has a white shirt and neckcloth, a pink jacket with gold edging, pale yellow breeches and black shoes. His bag is brown with two red bows and there is another at the top of his houlot. Beside the sheep's head there are two red berries and four leaves.


History note: Sir Hercules Read; sold Sotheby's, 6 November 1928, Catalogue of the Varied and Extensive Collection of Works of Art, The Property of Sir Hercules Read, 6, Palace Gardens Terrace, W.8, second day, lot 179; purchased for 26 on behalf of Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, Trinity College, Cambridge.

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Place(s) associated

  • Höchst-am-Main ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 18th century
Circa 1775 CE - 1778 CE

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue, bluish-green, pale yellow, pink, red, pale brown, dark brown, greyish-brown, and black)
Over Girl's Head Height 16.5 cm
Base Width 17.8 cm

Materials used in production

clear Glaze
Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: M•S• No 87
  • Location: On underside of base
  • Method of creation: Incised underglaze
  • Type: Model number
  • Text: M.41
  • Location: On underside of base below the larger model number
  • Method of creation: Incised underglaze
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: a wheel

  • Location: On underside of base to right of M.41
  • Method of creation: Painted underglaze in blue
  • Type: Factory mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3178-1928
Primary reference Number: 74452
Old object number: 5116
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 22 November 2022

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

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