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A Girl Grape Harvester: C.19-1977

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Current Location: In storage


A Girl Grape Harvester


Factory: Meissen Porcelain Factory




Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded and glazed

FHard-paste porcelain, press-moulded, and clear glazed. The girl is supported on a small, straight-sided square base, the underside of which has a circular glazed depression. She stands on her right foot leaning over a vine growing from a low rock. Her left arm is behind the vine, and in her hand she holds a basket containing three bunches of grapes which rests on the rock. Her right arm is bent at the elbow, and in her right had she holds a small curved knife. She wears a broad-brimme hat, with a flower on the turned up right side; a bodice with lacing at the front, and a basque at the back; and a skirt drawn up at the front and back over her petticoat. Her visible shoe with a small pompom on the front.


History note: Unknown before donor, Countess Shelagh S. Rietberg, Cambridge;

Legal notes

Given by Countess Shelagh Rietberg

Measurements and weight

Height: 10.2 cm
Width: 5.1 cm

Relative size of this object

5.1 cm10.2 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Meissen ⪼ Saxony ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1977-10-11) by Rietberg, Shelagh, Countess


Marcolini period (1774-1814)
Circa 1774 - Circa 1813

School or Style


Materials used in production

clear, except for the edges of the underside of the base Glaze
Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Hard-paste porcelain, moulded, and glazed
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: crossed swords with below a star, and below a 1
  • Location: In middle of depression in the base
  • Method of creation: Painted underglaze in blue
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: G8
  • Location: In back of rock above base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Mark

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.19-1977
Primary reference Number: 72867
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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