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Seated Japanese: EC.6-1942

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Seated Japanese


Production: Villeroy Porcelain Manufactory (Probably)
Production: Mennecy Porcelain Manufactory (Possibly)




Figure of a seated Japanese man holding a gourd over his left shoulder, of soft-paste porcelain painted in red, yellow, green, and black enamels

Soft-paste porcelain of cream tone, press-moulded, and hollow underneath, painted overglaze in green, yellow, red, and black enamels. On a pale green mound, a bald-headed man, sits holding a gourd over his left shoulder by means of two tasselled yellow cords. He has black eyes and eybrows, and red lips, and wears a black-edged robe with a red lining to the sleeves, red floral sprays and a phoneix on the back, and black asterisks scattered over the sleeves and his trousers.


History note: Purchased from Filkins & Co with funds given by Professor Stanley Cook in memory of his wife

Legal notes

Given by Professor Stanley Cook in memory of his wife

Measurements and weight

Height: 9.8 cm
Width: 6.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Villeroy ⪼ France
  • Mennecy ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1942-05-10) by Filkins & Co


18th Century, Mid
Louis XV
Circa 1737 CE - 1748 CE


The Villeroy factory operated from c. 1737-48 and the operation moved in 1749 to Mennecy. The figure was accessioned as Mennecy, but the painted D.V. mark is now believed to indicate objects made during the Villeroy period. For the reattribution to Villeroy, see Documentation, Le Duc , 1987. The figure was inspired by a Japanese Kakiemon style seated figure.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( green, yellow, red, and black)

Materials used in production

Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Soft-paste porcelain, press-moulded, and hollow underneath, covered with an off-white glaze and painted in green, yellow, red, and black enamels

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: the dots are raised half-way up the letters

  • Text: .D.V.
  • Location: Inside the back of the figure near edge
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue-black
  • Type: Factory mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.6-1942
Primary reference Number: 82211
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 20 January 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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