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Cobbler whistling to his Starling: C.43-1981

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Cobbler whistling to his Starling


Niderviller Porcelain Manufactory (Factory)
Cyfflé, Paul Louis (Modeller)


Hard-paste biscuit porcelain figure of a seated cobbler whistling to a starling in a cage hanging above him

Hard-paste biscuit porcelain, press-moulded. The cobbler is seated on a stool, mending a shoe held on his left knee. His head is turned to the right as he whistles to a starling in a cage suspended from a beam at the top of the wall behind him. A drape runs across the top of the roof and down the right side of the wall. On the cobbler's left there is a log, and a small table, and on his right, a shallow tub, a shoe, and a hammer lying on the ground.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Gven by Countess Sheilagh Rietberg

Measurements and weight

Height: 23 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Niderviller ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1981-10-12) by Rietberg, Shelagh, Countess


Late 18th century
Early 19th Century
Circa 1780 CE - 1827 CE

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Components of the work

Base Diameter 15.3 cm

Materials used in production

biscuit Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Hard-paste biscuit porcelain, press-moulded in parts, and fired

Inscription or legends present

  • Location: Back of base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.43-1981
Primary reference Number: 75076
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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