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Butter-dish and cover; hard-paste porcelain; moulded in the form of a tortoise; glazed; maker's mark.
- Production date
Height: 8.30 centimetres (incl. cover)
Length: 16.40 centimetres (max. incl. tail)
Length: 6.25 inches
Width: 9.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Another example with slight variations in the modelling (location unknown) is illustrated by H. Morley-Fletcher, 'Meissen', London, 1971, p. 35, above, 'possibly modelled by Fritzsche' and known from about 1725. See also J. Jefferson Miller II, 'Eighteenth-Century Meissen Porcelain from the Margaret M. and Arthur J. Mourot Collection in the Virginia Museum' Richmond (Va.), 1983, no. 55, inv. L138.74.7 a/b.
Some versions exist decorated with spots (eg Untermyer Coll., Metropolitan Museum, New York, and Laubach, Schloss, illus. H. Jedding, 'Meissener Porzelllan des 18.Jahrhunderts', Munich, 1979p. 53, fig. 70),
The model is based on a Japanese Arita porcelain figure of an immortal on a tortoise.
- On display (G46/dc16)
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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