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Venus Anadyomene: C.3189-1928

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Venus Anadyomene


Ludwigsburg Porcelain Factory (Maker)
Beyer, Johann Christian Wilhelm (Modeller)


Venus standing on a rocky base beside a dolphin, hard-paste porcelain, enamelled and gilt

Greyish hard-paste porcelain, moulded, and painted overglaze in two shades of green, pale orange, pink, brown, and grey enamels and gilt. Venus stands on a rocky base, a dolphin and weeds on her left acting as a support. She is naked apart from two armbands, one on each arm, and a head band.


History note: Frank Stoner, London from whom purchased for £40 on 23 July 1913 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 33.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Ludwigsburg ⪼ Württemberg ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


Third quarter of 18th century
Production date: circa AD/CE 1765


This figure was derived from the antique marble Venus de' Medici in the Uffizzi in Florence, which was probably the best-known and most copied classical marble after the Apollo Belvedere. It modelled by Johann Christian Wilhelm Beyer (1725-1806) who was the chief modeller at the factory between 1759 and 1767, who had studied in Rome and was also influenced by the neoclassical theories of Winckelmann. The delicate colouring, which flatters the greyish Ludwigsburg paste, retains a faintly rococo character. The slender proportions of the figure may indicate that its immediate source was one of the many reduced-size bronzes, for example by Massimiliano Soldani-Benzi, several of which were in German collections.

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration: composed of enamel ( two shades of green, pale orange, pink, brown, and grey) gold Base: Width 12.6 cm

Materials used in production

clear Glaze greyish-white Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Greyish hard-paste porcelain, moulded, and painted overglaze in two shades of green, pale orange, pink, brown, and grey enamels and gilt
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: interlaced Cs below a crown
  • Method of creation: Painted underglaze in blue
  • Factory mark

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3189-1928
Primary reference Number: 118633
Old object number: 5015
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 4 January 2017 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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