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A Turk taking Coffee: C.7-1950

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


A Turk taking Coffee


Factory: Nymphenburg Porcelain Factory
Modeller: Bustelli, Franz Anton




Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded, and glazed; the unglazed underside has two large circular ventilation holes in the middle, and has been coated with brownish-yellow varnish. The shallow base has an asymmetrically scrolled outline and rises up into a seat and a scroll on the left which forms a table on which is a tea bowl and saucer. The Turk is seated on his right hip with both legs sloping to his left, his left arm bent and held out to his right, and his head turned sharply over his left shoulder towards the viewer. He holds the coffee cup in his right hand and leans on his right forearm on the scroll table. He has a very slender pigtail, and a moustache, and wears a skull cap, a high-necked coat with buttons down the front and scalloped edges to the sleeves and lower edge, voluminous trousers gathered at the ankle, and pointed slippers. The top of the base is applied with small flowers and leaves, at the back, between his feet, and to his right.


History note: H.E. Backer, London; purchased with the Dr F.R. Cowper Reed Fund

Legal notes

Purchased with the Dr F.R. Cowper Reed Bequest Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 12.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Nymphenburg ⪼ Bavaria ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1950) by Backer, H.E.


18th Century, third quarter
Max III Joseph, Elector of Bavaria
Circa 1756 CE - 1760 CE


Accessioned as a Chinaman, but the model was referred to in the factory's records in 1756 as a Turk, and in an inventory of models in 1760 as a Turk drinking coffee (Türkh, so Caffèe trünkhet'.

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Base composed of varnish ( possibly shellac) Length 14 cm

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded, and glazed; the unglazed underside has two large circular ventilation holes in the middle, and has been coated with brownish-yellow varnish

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.7-1950
Primary reference Number: 140355
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 7 July 2016 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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