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Cellist: C.9-1950

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)




Factory: Ludwigsburg Porcelain Factory
Modeller: Beyer, Johann Christian Wilhelm




Hard-paste porcelain, painted in polychrome enamels, and gilt

Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded in parts and assembled, glazed, and painted in blue, green, yellow, mustard-yellow, flesh-pink, dark pink, a little red, pale brown, dark reddish-brown, grey, and black enamels, and lightly gilt. The underside is slightly recessed and glaze. The shallow rectangular base is marbled in dark pink and grey, and is partially covered by a green rug with a yellow fringe. The cellist is seated on a dark reddish-brown stool with two white's goat's legs at the front, and leans his left elbow on a small circular table with a pale green top, gilded edges, and pale brown central support with three scroll feeet. His legs are extended to the viewer's left, and his head is turned in the same direction. He holds the mustard-yellow cello with his left hand and extends his right hand in front of him to play (the bow is missing). He has dark grey hair tied back with a black ribbon, and over it has a black tricorne hat with a green cockade on the left side, and gold edges. He wears a white shirt with ruffles at the neck and wrists, a dark pink coat, black breeches, white ruckled knee-length stockings and yellow slippers. A narrow double leaf of music rests on his right thigh, and a square piece of paper lies on the ground beside the leg of the stool.


History note: Lady Ludlow Collection; H.E. Backer, London

Legal notes

Purchased with the Dr F.R. Cowper Reed Fund

Measurements and weight

Depth: 11.6 cm
Height: 19.9 cm
Width: 16.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Ludwigsburg ⪼ W√ľrttemberg ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1950) by Backer, H.E.


18th Century, third quarter#
Circa 1765 CE - 1756 CE


One of a set of seven Ludwigsburg figures of musicians

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue, green, yellow, mustard-yellow, flesh-pink, dark pink, a little red, pale brown, dark reddish-brown, grey, and black) gold
Base Depth 10 cm Width 14.8 cm

Materials used in production

clear Glaze
Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: interlaced Cs below a crown

  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted underglaze in blue
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: 227
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in ink, now brownish-grey
  • Type: Number

Inscription present: indistinct

  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in ink, now pale grey
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.9-1950
Primary reference Number: 76372
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 1 February 2022 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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