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An image of Persian lady by Meissen

Meissen

(Germany 1710 – )

Title
Persian lady
Year
circa 1745-1750
Media category
Ceramic
Materials used
hard-paste porcelain
Dimensions

21.3 x 10.2 x 8.4 cm

Credit
On loan from Kenneth Reed
Accession number
L2012.66
Location
18th c European porcelain
Further information

This figure, together with two others in the Reed Collection (L2012.65 and L2012.67), were adapted from prints in the ‘Recueil de cent estampes représentant différentes nations du Lévant (Collection of 100 prints representing different eastern nations)’ published in 1714 –15 by Charles de Ferriol, French ambassador to the Ottoman court. In Ferriol’s Recueil the Persian lady is paired with a Persian gentleman in a turban. Both prints served as sources for Meissen figures. Ferriol’s text laments the custom by which beautiful Persian women cover their hair with a shawl tied under the chin.

Bibliography (1)

Richard Beresford, Eighteenth - Century European Porcelain in the Kenneth Reed collection, Sydney, 2012, 28 (colour illus.). cat.no. 30