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An image of Crimean Tatar by Meissen

Meissen

(Germany 1710 – )

Title
Crimean Tatar
Year
circa 1745-1750
Media category
Ceramic
Materials used
hard-paste porcelain
Dimensions

20.5 x 7.8 x 7.8 cm

Credit
On loan from Kenneth Reed
Accession number
L2012.67
Location
18th c European porcelain
Further information

This figure, together with two others in the Reed Collection (L2012.65 and L2012.66), 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. The print in Ferriol’s Recueil is accompanied by a text which describes Tatars of the Crimea as ‘wolves among men’, fighting always on horseback, better adapted to pillaging than to fighting and laying waste to any country they encounter.

Bibliography (1)

Richard Beresford, Eighteenth - Century European Porcelain in the Kenneth Reed collection, Sydney, 2012, 29 (colour illus.). cat.no. 31