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A map seller, Meissen Factory

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An image of A map-seller. Meissen Porcelain Manufactory, Saxony. With his right hand he holds out a map of the British Isles, in the lower proper right corner figures of Mercury and Britiannia with a bale of merchandize. Under his left arm he carries a white band box. On his back, slung from his shoulders by yellow straps, he carries a mottled-brown cabinet with nine drawers, on top of which is a black hold-all secured by a broad cream-coloured strap. Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded, glazed, and painted in enamels and gilt, height, whole, 16.9 cm, width, 10 cm, circa 1750-1755. After a model of 1744. Production Note: This model was based on the first print of the third set of Etudes prises dans le bas peuple ou les Cris de Paris, issued in 1738, engraved by the comte de Caylus (1692-1765) after drawings by Edmé Bouchardon (1689-1762) . It is smaller than the first figure modelled after this engraving in 1744. Unusually, the map seller holds a map of the British Isles.

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A map-seller. Meissen Porcelain Manufactory, Saxony. With his right hand he holds out a map of the British Isles, in the lower proper right corner figures of Mercury and Britiannia with a bale of merchandize. Under his left arm he carries a white band box. On his back, slung from his shoulders by yellow straps, he carries a mottled-brown cabinet with nine drawers, on top of which is a black hold-all secured by a broad cream-coloured strap. Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded, glazed, and painted in enamels and gilt, height, whole, 16.9 cm, width, 10 cm, circa 1750-1755. After a model of 1744. Production Note: This model was based on the first print of the third set of Etudes prises dans le bas peuple ou les Cris de Paris, issued in 1738, engraved by the comte de Caylus (1692-1765) after drawings by Edmé Bouchardon (1689-1762) . It is smaller than the first figure modelled after this engraving in 1744. Unusually, the map seller holds a map of the British Isles.

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  • Accession Number: C.26-1954
  • Photograph copyright © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
  • Aperture: f/32.0
  • Focal length: 120
  • Camera: Hasselblad H3DII-31
  • Photographer name: Andrew Norman
  • Image height: 1024 pixels
  • Image width: 683 pixels
  • Processed with: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.6 (Macintosh)
  • Filesize: 130.18kB
  • Exposure time: 1/125
  • ISO Speed: 100
  • Fnumber: 32/1
  • Captured: 2014:05:22 14:17:24

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18th Century Artist/Maker Britain British Isles Country of origin Date Department Edme Bouchardon Fitz_AA German Material Medium Meissen Porcelain Factory Nationalities Object Type Other Keywords Workflow _WF_AdOK _WF_KWD _WF_OPACtd _WF_PCtd blue coat breeches cabinet carrying ceramics clothes clothing coat costume enamel enamelled fashion figure figurine gilded gilt glazed hard-paste porcelain hats male maps moulded overcoat overglaze painted polychrome porcelain press moulded seller selling stockings street seller studio ceramics trade traders trading trousers vendor waistcoats

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