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Hurdy-gurdy player

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Title/s

Hurdy-gurdy player

Maker/s

Meissen Porcelain Manufactory (factory)

Reinicke, Peter (modeller) [ULAN info: German sculptor, 1715-1768]

Collection

Fisher Collection

Category

hard-paste porcelain

Name

figure

Description

hard-paste porcelain, painted in enamels, and gilt

Hard-paste porcelain painted in yellow, green, red, brown, and black enamels, and gilt. The unglazed base has a small round ventilation hole near the back. The rounded square low mound base has a tree stump at the back, and is decorated on top with applied leaves, and a red, a yellow and a mauve flower. The hurdy-gurdy player stands on his left foot with right leg forward. He carries a large white hurdy-gurdy outlined in black, and with his right hand turns the handle of the wheel which sounds the strings, while with his left hand he plays upon the keys which stop the strings and thus obtain the notes. He has long brownish-black hair trailing untidily down his back, and wears a black hat with the brim turned up at the sides, a brown waistcoat with gold buttons, a long collarless white coat with two gold buttons at the top of the two back pleats, yellow breeches, white hose, and black shoes with yellow bows.

Production Notes

Meissen model no. 960. Modelled probably by Peter Reinicke after Le Vieilleux, the 8th print in Études prises dans le bas Peuple ou les Cris de Paris, Quatrième Suitte, 1742, engraved by the comte de Caylus (1692-1765), after drawings by Edmé Bouchardon (1689-1762).

Production Place

Meissen (factory) (place)

Meissen (modeller) (place)

Saxony (factory) (state)

Germany (factory) (country)

German (factory) (nationality)

Technique Description

hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded, and painted overglaze in green, yellow, flesh pink, red mauve, dark brown, and black enamels, and gilded. The unglazed base has a small round ventilation hold near the back

Dimensions

height: (whole): 20.2 cm
width: (whole): 9.5 cm
depth: (whole): 7 cm

Period

mid 18th Century

Date

circa 1745

Provenance

given: Fisher, Lord and Lady 1954 (Filtered for: Applied Arts collection)

Hyam & Co., London, from whom purchased by Lord Fisher on 22 November 1926 for £35; Cecil, 2nd Baron Fisher of Kilverstone and his wife Jane, Kilverstone Hall, Norfolk

Given by Lord Fisher and Lady Fisher through the National Art Collections Fund

Documentation

  1. (1935) Catalogue of the Early Dresden Porcelain made at the Meissen Factory 1735-1747 in the Collection of Cecil, 2nd Baron Fisher of Kilverstone, and Jane, his Wife, of Kilverstone Hall in the County of Norfolk, : Privately printed
    [comments: Publ. pl. 21 no. 354]
  2. (1955) Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Annual Report for the Year ending 31 December 1954, Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Press
    [comments: Publ. pl. II]
  3. Poole, Julia (1986) Plagiarism Personified? European Pottery and Porcelain Figures, Cambridge (Cambs.): The Fitzwilliam Museum [page: 51]
    [comments: Publ. p. 51, H8, and pl. 35]
  4. (1989) Treasures from the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Cambs.): The Fitzwilliam Museum [page: 107]
    [comments: Publ. p. 107, no. 107, wrongly captioned in illustration C.32-1954]
  5. (2005) Treasures of the Fitzwilliam Museum, London: Scala [page: 155]
    [comments: Publ. p. 155, colour illustration with brief text, wrongly numbered C.32-1954]
  6. Berling, K (1910) Festive Publication to Commemorate the 200th Jubilee of the Oldest European China Factory, Meissen, Meissen: Royal Saxon China Manufactory
    [comments: Cf. Table 10]
  7. Erichsen-Firle, Ursula (1975) Figürliches Porzellan, Cologne: Kunstgewerbemuseum der Stadt Koln [page: p. 121]
    [comments: Cf. p. 121 no. 126]
  8. Christie's (1986) The Nyffeler Collection of German Porcelain, London: Christie's [page: 41] 9 June 1986)
    [comments: Cf. p. 41, lot 39]

Other Notes

The British Museum Print Room has a volume containing the drawings bound together with the prints, entitled ‘Receuil de desseins faits par Edmé Bouchardon don’t il a fait present a son ami Mariette’ (BM.Imp. 197.c.8).

Accession Number

C.27-1954 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 118353; Input Date: 2005-01-27 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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