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Female cook holding a larded Hare: C.8-1954

Object information


Female cook holding a larded Hare


Meissen Porcelain Factory (Factory)
Kändler, Johann Joachim (Modeller)


Hard-paste porcelain figure of a seated female cook painted in enamels and gilt

Hard-paste porcelian, press-moulded, glazed, painted in yellow, flesh-pink, pink, puce, reddish-brown, and black enamels, and gilded. The cook is seated on a low rough white stump on a flat base, with her right foot extending over the edge. In her right hand she holds the larded saddle and hind quarters of a hare, with an oblong pale-cream larding board resting on her lap, on which lies some lard and a larding needle. In her heft hand she holded the gilded handle of a tool.
She wears a pink cap with white frill, fastened at the back by gold straps with a green bow, and a bead necklace with a purple bow. Her yellow bodice has a mauve border, laced in front and split behind, and sits over a low white chemise with short flowing sleeves. She also wears a pink and flowered skirt with gold trimming, white stockings, and black shoes with gold buckles.


History note: Purchased from Willy Lissauer, Berlin on 5 May 1933 for £40 by Cecil Vavasseur, 2nd Baron Fisher (1868-1955) ; Lord and Lady Fisher of Kilverstone

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Height: 16 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Meissen ⪼ Saxony ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1954-01-14) by Fisher, Lord and Lady


Mid 18th Century
Production date: circa AD/CE 1750


Label text from the exhibition ‘Feast and Fast: The Art of Food in Europe, 1500–1800’, on display at The Fitzwilliam Museum from 26 November 2019 until 31 August 2020: Female cook holding a larded hare. Meissen Porcelain Factory, Dresden, Germany, c.1750; Model by Johann Joachim Kändler (1706 – 75). Hard-paste porcelain painted in enamels, gilt

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration: composed of enamel gold

Materials used in production

clear Glaze Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded, glazed, painted in enamels, and gilt
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: crossed swords
  • Location: On base at the back
  • Method of creation: Painted underglaze in blue
  • Factory mark

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.8-1954
Primary reference Number: 131071
Old object number: 383
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 24 November 2020 Last processed: Thursday 18 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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